Every now and then, a thought flits through my mind. We are surely living on an alien planet. Sometimes it seems so when we hear on the news , “100 year hurricane is going to slam the northeast.” How about hearing all the devastation caused by tornadoes? Recently, there’s been a rash of devastating earthquakes with far-reaching consequences. And then, to top things off, we have a natural event out here in Arizona called a HABOOB, a dust storm.
As if the economy wasn’t slamming us enough, we’ve had to endure some pretty incredible tragedies initially caused by the wacky environment on this planet. It was just a few weeks ago that my family and I experienced a haboob firsthand. Previously, we’d seen it only on TV. For the record, in the future, that’s the ONLY way I’d like to experience it!
As we walked out of a restaurant, having had a wonderful Chinese dinner, we noticed some pretty severe clouds around. Well, out here, that can blow over in a heartbeat. But when we got onto the main road, things turned ominous… end of the world ominous. Billowing plumes of dust were quickly overtaking everything in sight, and we raced to get home. Of course we managed to get nearly EVERY RED LIGHT on the way, and as we turned to look around us, we saw such a terrifying view… the dust clouds were chasing us at a feverish pace! Not just from one side, but from three! Each time the light turned green, we were able to get ahead of it, but once we entered our neighborhood and slowed down to its speed limit, we were done for. We were engulfed in a dusty haze with wicked winds. Youngest and I huddled together as hubby and eldest donned bandanas around their faces to go out for a couple of minutes to watch.
I honestly have never been so terrified in my life, however, once we were in our home, I felt much more secure. Here are pictures representing exactly what we saw all around us from our car…
AND NOW, we have Hurricane Irene barreling down on friends and family along the East Coast. *Shakes head* Be safe everyone. Get out and away if you can. And stay in touch so my anxiety attacks don’t come back!