Friday, July 12, 2013

An Extraordinary Account of Survival

OK, so I posted this at 7:37 PT this morning and it is not updating in anyone's sidebar where Favorite Blogs are listed. I have tried everything, short of reposting it, so I will see if this update works first.

Something extraordinary is happening in Bloggyland right now and, although I'm late in doing this, I must let you know about it. 

Last year, my blogger friend in Montana, feral woman, and her husband were caught in the horrendous Montana fires, which burned over 300,000 acres. And now, she and her husband are writing an account here: 

of how they, both trained professionals in forestry and fire safety, survived this fire. These are her words:

 This is our factual account of what happened here
on the night of July 3, and early morning of July 4, 2012, 
concerning the Taylor Creek Fire, 
which burned over 65,000 acres; 
this was later added to the Ash Creek Fire Complex, 
for a total of over 300,000 acres burned total in our area.

As you know, I read books all the time, but I have never, ever, read such a harrowing, heart breaking, heart thumping even, account of survival. Feral woman is not only a timber cruising, forest living, feral person, she is also a writer of the highest caliber. She does not hesitate to share her fears, her anger with stupid neighbors who nearly got them killed, her love for their animals, and her love and immense trust in her husband as she describes that one unbelievable night. 

For those of you who live in fire country, this is a must read, as feral woman also gives great advice. And for the rest of you who read my posts, this has been the week I'm referring you to other blogs, please, just one more time, click on the link and read feral woman's story of survival, you will not be sorry. 

Wednesday night on TV, I was happy to learn that a fundraiser held by Kern County Fire in conjunction with our local, out of Bakersfield, NBC affiliate TV station, raised over $55,000 for the families of the 19 fallen fire fighters in Arizona. 

The fire fighters stood across the street from the TV station for just that one day, reaching out to passing cars with a boot in their hands, and people drove up and put cash in the boots. Now Bakersfield is not a wealthy town, so that they were able to raise $55,000 in mostly cash really touched my heart. I imagine fire fighters are doing this in many other towns as well. 

Wednesday, after almost two weeks of 100 plus degrees in the shade ~ here, where there is no shade, the sky turned gray. Thunder rolled around the mountains and about six drops of rain fell. A bit more rain came in the night, and yesterday it drizzled a little. Not much, but a joy nevertheless and a wonderful break for me who is not all that heat tolerant. 


Related Posts with Thumbnails