The author of the article from a local newspaper came back here this week to learn more about us traveling old folks who are volunteering here for three weeks.
Who are we?
What are we doing?
If we learn that her visit turns into an article, we will put a link here later.
This week has flown by so quickly. Our crew has been busy painting, and there is still plenty of work left for next week.
Friday was our normal day off, so we did some paperwork related to replacing a lost driver’s license. Paperwork always seems to take too much time.
Then we went for a road trip to see what all the activity in
was about. We have heard that most tornadoes are F2 (on a scale of 0-5) and most last for 2-3 minutes. Last May, Joplin was hit with an F5 that stayed on the ground for about 20 minutes. More specific details are at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Joplin_tornado Over 7,000 homes were either damaged or totally destroyed and more than 160 people lost their lives. One of the hospitals is still operating out of tents (like a MASH unit) and the high school is being run out of a shopping center. We saw complete devastation over a very wide area. It looks like something out of a movie with nothing left: no trees, no buildings. Only some driveways, basements, and a few fireplaces are left. There were only a few damaged buildings left standing. Joplin
Photos can’t show it all. But we also saw lots of re-building going on. It was a sobering trip, and made us thankful for what we have.
We returned to the camp in time to see some of the decorating going up for a wedding and reception planned here for tomorrow.
It was a beautiful day for a ride. The leaves here are at their peak. We ended the day with a beautiful site of the lake here as we drove in.