It blew in like a hurricane on land. Everywhere we look, we still see its devastation to the landscape. The county dump is still trucking out the logs and mulch that it created.

Our trees on our neighbor’s site

Our next door neighbor called within an hour of the blow, and so we had help removing all the debris by the next day.

Top of five trees gone!

The electricity problem took a week. Since we are on a well, we visited friends for showers and two of our toilets got blocked with, uh, waste.

Our neighbors across the street hosted a derecho party two days in a row, asking invitees to just bring what might spoil from the refrigerator that could be grilled out back. They have a whole house generator, and we feasted in the air conditioning both nights.

What to do when you don’t have a cherry picker (the ladder protected the viburnum)

Now we are investigating the possibility of installing a whole house generator at our place. It wasn’t too bad since we have a basement to escape the heat, but the lack of toilet and shower was a bummer, and we couldn’t find a hotel nearby that would take us and the pup. I didn’t want to commute a hundred miles just to shower and poop!

What did you do on June 29? How did you spend Independence Day? Were you independent of your electrical utility?


About Shenandoah Kepler

Hi! I’m Shenandoah and I love to garden. I am becoming an ancient gardener, and am finding new ways to stay digging and enjoying the land.
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