After The Call

(This is just the mind doing its job. No real action happens yet).

Sunday at 6:00 am the phone goes off. Family emergency, do
something! We are free, aside from monetary difficulties, to help. So
let’s get this show on the road. We will drive, airfare and departure
schedules don’t work for us.

What about all of the home projects, unfinished tent-like structures,
the garden, the dogs and cat? Firewood enough for a few weeks,
but winter is almost here! The generators, and rigs that need fixing
before snow, will they just fix themselves?
Don’t panic. Do what you can do, ask someone to help with some of the rest. Figure out what we absolutely need and pack light, don’t get carried away with over-packing, after all, what do you really need with you when you go to a hospital to learn of their condition?

The garden isn’t quite ready for harvest. Still lots of beans, radishes, peas, and squash. The tomatoes aren’t even close to ripe, and the cucumbers are still growing. Should have planted much earlier in the season. The gourds are almost there, and soon the onions will be ready for picking too. The peppers need more time too….

Make sure the fence is solid so the steer don’t help themselves to dinner. Tie down tarps better, move obvious stealable things. Tools, machinery, small carryable things people like to walk away with, the guitar, the old computer, the inverter, all of those little things, stash them all.

The dogs and cat? Memphis, the cat can take care of himself, just leave food out, hopefully he will eat the mice and pack-rats that try to eat his dinner. The dogs? Another can of worms! ( you may find this was posted in the worm category)

The dogs would rather be stuck in a hot small enclosed space with us, than be left behind. The trouble with that is we have to go to California, and those folks are not happy with people who are doing what they have to do. Cruelty to animals, letting them waste away in a small, hot stuffy car. We can’t even think of the cost of boarding them, that just isn’t in the budget we still have to borrow to do this thing.

A neighbor said he would look after the dogs, after all, it’s only going to be a few days, right? There’s plenty of food, two 50 pound bags we bought just the other day. The neighbor will hang out while we leave, and then check on the place daily, and feed water the animals and garden as required. That should cover it. No stone left unturned?

The car? Well it just got back from a 700 mile trip, over the course of 2 days, but it will probably make it just fine. (more worms) Just clean it out, and pack it. Tools in case something breaks, no dogs on this trip, we can put some stuff in the back seat for easy retrieval. What are we forgetting? I guess that should cover it, we’ll see what we really need, or should do after the fact. Wish we had hindsight before we need it!

Why Am I Here?

part 1.
On October 12th of 2014, my eldest son, his wife and their two children were in a horrific car accident. My wife and I got word of that at 6:00 am. It was a Sunday morning. 3 days prior we had gone over the mountains to be in town, to visit with them.

We had a pleasant visit with all of the children. 4 of our kids live 60 miles north of Seattle Washington. (All of the kids are grown, and living their own lives). The youngest is 25 and the eldest is 38. The eldest has a family and lives in the Reno Nevada area.

6 am, bad news. The family is in a hospital in Redding California. We called around to see who could do whatever was needed, and Mrs. Squatch and I got the golden ticket. We live in the hills, basically retired. Since we didn’t have to worry about employer attitudes regarding absences, we packed what we thought we would need and headed for Redding. (More interesting tales, what to do about the place, the dogs, cat, garden, firewood, and more).

Where do I start? The obstacles? I live in a remote area. The big town, the county seat only has a population of 42,763, and it is 50 miles from my place. That’s where the Wal-Mart and McDonald’s is. The airport is one of those that can’t land anything very big,and the next closest bigger airport is 160 miles away. The North Cascade Highway was already closed that late in Oct., and the Seattle terminal was 250 miles away.

The Wenatchee airport does have a connecting flight to Seattle, where I could buy passage to Sacramento Ca. Options? I could drive to Wenatchee and catch a flight to seattle, but not on sunday. Option 2, we can Drive to Seattle and catch a flight to Sac., and rent a car, and drive 240 miles north to Redding.

We went with option 3 that I never mentioned. We decided that we could get there faster if we just drove. ( Here is where I tell you how we actually got outta the mountains, and all of the adventure a 60-year-old guy recognizes).

We arrived in Redding Monday morning, the accident had happened around 2 or 3 am, sunday. My son’s wife, and the youngest of the kids were hurt, but not needing admission to the hospital were discharged. The other two, my son and his daughter were severely injured. Broken and more, and in the I.C.U. ward.

We spent a week in Redding, and there will be tales in the telling on that. Sunday came, and our son was patched up enough to be sent home to heal. Our grand-daughter wouldn’t be released yet, and we wouldn’t be able to stay with her as ” politics”, seem to get in the way of that. ( Here’s where another adventure happens) I can’t stop it here, so I’ll answer the Question….there are too many ways of responding to why am I here.

WE, my wife and I are here in the Reno area helping family. That is one reason. I can’t even number the true answer to that. I guess you will find out more later….in the continuing saga of my journey.