By Blue and Rocky
Monday, October 29, 1 PM
What do you do if you live in a yurt village surrounded by tall trees and lots of water and one of the year’s worst storms is headed in your direction?
Usually, Arcadia serves as a refuge from the woes of the outside world, but with Hurricane Sandy rapidly approaching, we have been forced to relocate. Although Arcadia still feels like an isolated haven, no one wants to wake up to find that a tree has fallen through the roof of his or her yurt. Therefore, we have deserted Arcadia for now, and taken up residence in a Boy Scout lodge across the lake.
Introducing Evacuation 2012
One of the most unique aspects of our ADK experience is our disconnection from “the real world” (our term for everything non-Arcadian). Despite occasional newspapers and letters form home, we have barely been able to keep up with current news. So when our director, Cathy Shrady, announced on Sunday that we would shortly be evacuating to Gannett Lodge, we were all stunned.
However, after we learned about the predicted severity of the storm, we were all ready to do whatever possible to make our evacuation as efficient and painless as possible. Sunday afternoon was spent packing food and emergency supplies and battening down the hatches. After stashing enough soap and toilet paper to last until Wednesday, we went to bed Sunday night prepared to leave the next morning.
Monday afternoon sees us all safely arrived at Gannet Lodge (scene of our family dinner in October) eagerly awaiting further news.
Tuesday, October 30, 1 pm
Happily for us, the worst of the storm avoided the Adirondack Park, and we have been able to move back into our yurts. Last night passed without even a flicker of Gannet’s electric lights, although we did get some heavy gusts of wind and a sprinkling of rain. Our group wiled the night away telling stories, making jokes, doing homework, knitting, and feasting on a delightful meal featuring Flick’s family’s homemade tomato sauce.
We returned to Arcadia to find it still intact. The weather is now warm and sunny, but still quite windy. We are, of course, thrilled to be back, but saddened by news of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction in other places. Our thoughts and well wishes go out to all those who were affected by this storm.
Blue and Rocky