Thank-you Everyone for your good thoughts and wishes.
We are home safe and sound and all is well.
It was a crazy, busy, exhausting week; mostly for Mr. and Mrs. OnceUpon. Lyra, Lola, and I just went with the flow. As long as we had hay under our noses, we were content. But you know what they say, "There's no place like home." We are glad to be back in our barn, but very appreciative of those who gave us shelter, particularly Elbert County and Moondance Ranch.
Tuesday June 11, 2013 - Fire!
|Chinook Carries Water Bucket|
|Chinooks Refilling at Pond|
|Tuesday Night Glow|
Amazingly, the gas station, convenience store and bbq restaurant, feed store, community center, auto shop, knitting store and churches in the heart of Black Forest were saved. But it was a very close call.
Wednesday June 12, 2013 - Winds shifted, fire on the move, and we received the reverse 911 call to evacuate.
Lyra, Lola, and I settle in at the evacuation center at the Elbert Country Fairgrounds.
|Rump Tag to Match Me with MyLady|
|Meeting the Neighbors|
|Lola & Lyra Passing Time|
Thursday June 13, 2013 - Elbert County reports "Noah's Ark at the Fairgrounds"
"Elbert County Fairgrounds remains open with space for evacuees and animals. Total count of animals currently at the Fairgrounds is as follows: 28 chickens; 216 horses, 5 drafts/14 foals; 5 cows, 2 calves; 27 Alpacas; 14 dogs; 25 cats; 22 goats; 1 ducks; 4 burros; 2 guinea pigs; 3 sheep; 19 miniature horses; 19 mules; 8 lamas; 3 stallions; 1 yak."
Then a 2nd yak showed up and MyLady added two parrots to the mix. Newport and Tessa were miserable standing flat footed in their pet carriers in the motel, so the nice volunteers cut up tree branches and put them in rabbit cages so the birds could perch in the small animal building.
|Herd O' Mules|
|Herd O' Horses from Scout Camp|
|Vonda & Bella|
The Happiest Evacuees
|In Case of Emergency|
|Phone Numbers Help Reunite Lost Horses with Owners|
|Lots of Security|
|Our Home Away from Home|
|More Evacuees Happily Munching on Hay|
Saturday June 15, 2013 - Elbert County residents began returning home and Elbert County urged the rest of us to make other arrangements. Stressful! But thanks to Moondance Ranch, we upgraded to more comfortable lodging until we returned home on Monday June 17th.
What a week!