Fire, smoke, dust and the road!
We were on our way back home from a travel family vacation in the beautiful city of Everett, WA when we hit the wall. It was the wall of dust and smoke.
It was like being in the 2007 movie, “The Mist“. The sky disappeared and all you could see was a cloud of smoke with hardly any visibility. Unlike the movie, we had no worries of creatures about to attack, but instead were barraged with emergency alerts warning us of dust storms, wind storms, and fires nearby.
We were still over an hour from home after already being on the road for over 3 hours when traffic stopped. Bumper to bumper cars with cars stopped along the side of the road for fear from lack of visibility. On the opposite side of the road there were wrecks and cars down the center divide. We watched as ambulances and police came through to try and secure the area. It was a mad mess!
We were worried about being stuck on the road in the middle of the chaos.
Luckily, after a short 20 minutes, traffic on our road side began to move. With our hazards on and staying a two car distance from the lead car, we began to move at a steady pace and continued the pace back into the clear sky. Unfortunately the opposite side of the road was not as lucky. For miles, cars were still stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. And then we got the alert! The roads we were just on and the surrounding towns we had just passed were closing. We made it out of the madness, but many were stuck with no where to go!
Of course the madness didn’t end there, as we arrived home we were notified that the surrounding towns were being evacuated due to wild fires. Our neighborhood at the time of this writing is safe.
It’s a bitter sweet feeling knowing several, maybe even hundreds are stuck on the road or worse forced to leave their homes. While at the same time we made it back home safely and with only a few large tree branches down and with a few shingles from the roof of our shed flying off.
All of this madness is a good reminder that traveling is an adventure some good and some bad. The best thing you can do is try and always be prepared. While road tripping make sure your car is in working order, check and recheck the area you are visiting, always bring plenty of food and water, and most importantly prepare to be flexible.
The Travel Family sends all our love to those who are suffering right now.
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Thank you for reading and happy travels!