Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fleeing Hurricane Irene Across Florida

Interrupting my regularly scheduled blog to bring you updates on Hurricane Irene - and how she affects me and my life in a 5th wheel!  Last week, the weather forecasters were sure she was going to hit us dead on in Juno Beach so we made plans to flee to Georgia.  Then, Irene decided to track further east, off the coast of Florida, so we decided to take those previously planned vacation days and travel across the state to Fort Myers in hope of avoiding any tropical storm force winds and rain.
We found a temporary home at North Fort Myers.
It's the slow season since all the snowbirds have gone home for the summer.
Back at our Juno Beach RV Park we have ducks and iguanas.   This RV park has giant grasshoppers.
Our Juno Beach RV Park has two ponds but this RV park has a canal so you can launch your boat and keep it next to your park model or RV.  The canal leads out to the Caloosahatchee River then on to the Gulf.
It has rained every afternoon, but that's normal for this time of the year.  The video is for my Arizona friends who don't get to see much rain.  The sound you hear is the rain on the roof.
We're enjoying our time in Fort Myers, known as the "city of palms."  We've been shopping, and sightseeing at Thomas Edison and Henry Ford's winter estates.  More on that later.

Our friends in Juno Beach are presently experiencing heavy rain and 50 mile per hour winds even though Irene is 170 miles off the coast.  I'm glad I'm not there!
The people along the Atlantic coast further north are in my prayers!


  1. I'm so glad you were able to flee and get out of harm's way! My Mom is north of Tampa. I hope they won't have too much rain or winds.
    SC should have some flooding along the coast. It shouldn't affect us except some rain or winds.
    Have a safe weekend!

  2. We stayed with relatives, Jack and Doreen Ward at a Juno Beach RV Park. Do you happen to know them, from Connecticut? It was fantastic and beautiful and so close to the ocean! Glad you could escape, hope all is well.

  3. I was wondering if you were evacuating... How fun to be able to see more of your state, while you're at it. Stay safe!

  4. I'm so glad you headed for safety! I have my hands clasped in prayer that everyone will be ok through this one. Sheesh mother nature has been furious lately! Enough already please!! Vanna

  5. Thank you for reminding me what rain sounds like...and you can keep the giant grasshoppers!