Sunday, November 4, 2012

Adventures in the National Forest, a small Hurricane and Halloween

We put most of these pictures up on Face Book already but I thought I should write down a few memories to go with them.  It has been an adventurous month!  We went up to Shenandoah National Park twice ,to see the leaves and hike; battened down the hatches and thought that we would have to cancel Halloween (Orson has been asking for a Halloween Party for over a month) for Hurricane Sandy; got to celebrate Halloween after all and had a birthday celebration for Ferdinand (more on that in a separate post).  All in all it has been lots of fun and I think November will end up being a little more boring.

Shenandoah put on a great fall color show for us and we have started being able to do longer hikes with Orson now, which is great.  The first weekend we went up to skyline drive and did a 3 mile hike threw the forest (O man hiked it all).  I used my mom's old trick of "power pills" (in this case Annie's gummy bunnies) to coax O along when he slowed down but he actually kept up great most of the time.  Ferdinand got his first ride in the back pack and enjoyed every minute of being the same height as his Dad.  The next weekend we went to a different part of the forest and hiked up to a small water fall.  This hike was only 2 miles but O had a harder time as it was slippery and he ended up falling quite a few times.  He still completed the hike though and later said he loved it.  We also went for an off roading adventure in the truck.  The clouds for Sandy rolled in around the same time as the drive, so we couldn't see very much but it was a nice drive through the forest and we ended up rescuing a couple of lost bow hunters that couldn't find their truck.  So it was a good thing we went! 

Hike 1 Skyline Drive:

Hike 2 The Lower Falls

and a tired Orson on the way to Off Roading

The next day we battened down the hatches expecting Hurricane Sandy to knock out our power for the week as the last big storm did.  Matt and the boys got ice and gas and I rearranged the freezers and moved the plants off the back porch.  It was good that we did as the winds that came through were pretty fierce and would have blown the smaller plant right off the porch.  We were very thankful to not loss power (although Matt had to go to work which was a bummer!), but school was still canceled and it looked like Orson's long awaited Halloween party was not going to happen.  Luckily for us, the storm turned north and by Wednesday the clouds had cleared and we ended up getting to go trick or treating with Emily and her gang.  The boys had tons of fun dressed up as an Alligator and an Owl. Even more fortunate for O, his school decided to have their Halloween party on Thursday and he got to dress up again!  He choose to go as a super hero penguin.  I love his imagination.  


School Party

While we are very thankful to not have been hit hard by the hurricane, my heart and mind are up the East Coast wishing that I could jump into some good old disaster work and help.  It is so hard to sit on the sidelines, when you know that you have the knowledge and drive to be there lending a hand.  I also have been wondering a lot about the kids that we served on Coney Island while I was in AmeriCorps.  I know that their families were not very dependable and I hope that they stayed safe during the storm.  Its funny the memories and thoughts that Hurricanes bring up in me as I know they do it all the people I have served and served with over the years.  

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