Inland Northwest Wind Storm. Some stretches of road looked normal, while others looked devastated.

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Jim’s Reports

Last week I was very busy delivering orders from Elk Creek. It seems that they really want to stockpile weapons before 1899, before the presidential inauguration.  My forays into the region have revealed an absolutely pathetic stockpile of ammunition. I visited gun shops and several large retailers. All I saw were a few boxes of weird calibers.  Otherwise the shelves are empty. A new T-shirt from Prepper Tees (our new advertising partner) says it all:

Earlier in the week we took a wild ride to Coeur d’Alene, in the back of the hurricane.  But I’ll let Lily describe it…

Avalanche water lily reports:

Dear readers,

First, on behalf of Jim and the girls this week, I want to thank all of our dear readers of the SurvivalBlog family blog for their generous Ten Cent Challenge gifts and the touching cards, letters and notes we received in the mail this week. Many of you had familiar names, but some of you did not. They come from all over the country.  We all love you, we thank you and we are glad that this blog blesses you and helps you understand the times and gives you the knowledge and skills to survive what is coming.  Without each of you writing and sharing your skills, SurvivalBlog would not be as complete as it is.  We also thank you all and we want you to know that you are a blessing to us as well.

Here in our valley we have had a relatively mild winter.  We have had rain and partly cloudy skies this week, with peaks of thirty to forty.  Much of the snow is gone, giving us a clear view of spring.

Jim and I rebuilt Miss Violet’s bathroom for the greenhouse. We took the trouble and bought sterile soil so I wouldn’t have to worry about too many bugs in the bathroom, like I did last year when I used soil straight from my garden.  I put soil in big bowls. But I haven’t planted anything yet. This year the plan is to just grow cabbage, lettuce, beets, spinach, etc. indoors, root them and then plant them in greenhouse beds.  I really think they will be comfortable in the greenhouse since we seem to be having such a mild winter.  Weeds grow pretty well there, so …..

When we woke up early Wednesday morning, we could hear the wind blowing in our valley with huge gusts. It rained all night. I went into the kitchen and started filling containers with water. I didn’t even turn on more than one light when we suddenly ran out of power.  I filled another container with water.  We had an appointment later in Coeur d’Alene. So I took an old sponge bath.  We left the house after about three hours.

The sun crept through the clouds, but the wind was still whipping. After switching from the local road to the state highway, we began to see wind damage. After a few miles we saw branches all along the road. Then we saw a tree below us, and as we continued, we suddenly saw several groups of trees below us.  A little further on, more than two hundred trees were sporadically falling on the highway, and a highway crew was already removing them.  One lane was clear and traffic was directed to the area. Wow!  It was like a tornado, or a microburst.

So many trees had fallen, broken and uprooted as we looked deeper into the forest. Clearly, a lot of damage was done, but it was not fairly compensated.  Some parts of the road seemed normal, others were destroyed.  We drove through Sandpoint and didn’t see much damage. But as we drove through downtown Coeur d’Alene, there were so many trees (and houses – yay!) in the streets that we had to zig-zag back through the neighborhoods to reach our destination – which, when we arrived, we discovered had no electricity.  Typical of Idaho, all drivers were very polite and crossed intersections with dead lights. Everyone takes turns moving forward, courteously and precisely.  The felling of trees happened spontaneously and usually only local people participated in the reserves.

At the time of writing, Friday evening, our valley is still without electricity, but we depend on our battery to stay connected to the internet. Because solar hours are limited at this time of year, we also use our generator sparingly to keep our two freezers cold.  (Our third one runs on propane, thankfully).

Wishing you all a blessed and safe week.

– Avalanche Lily, Rawls…


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