Wow for a category 1 hurricane, Isaac packed quite a wallop. Our caravan headed out on Monday (Aug. 27); 3 vehicles, 11 people (including 5 children), and 5 dogs. The trip was thankfully uneventful. We stayed at the La Quinta Inn in Meridian, Mississippi. A nice, pet friendly hotel with exceptionally friendly staff. Naturally the next 2 days was consumed with watching the news and weather channels, unable to believe the damage they were reporting. Walking the dogs and playing with the kids was a welcome respite from the tragedy unfolding back at home.
As nice as the inn was, after 3 days we were more than ready to get back home. We came back Thursday afternoon and found our home was spared any damage, just a mess of tree limbs and leaves in the yard. Many were not so fortunate. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbors to the west in LaPlace where unprecedented flooding occurred and especially to those down in Plaquemines parish where the town of Braithwaite was devastated.
Now, a week later, over 1,500 homes are still without power in St. Charles Parish and thousands more across the region. None the less, things are returning to normal. The stores are getting their shelves restocked and schools reopened today. The night skies have been partially cloudy since the hurricane blew through. Perhaps this weekend will offer an opportunity to bring out my scope and get back to viewing.
On a more positive note, I sent in our registration to the Deep South Regional Star Gaze (DSRSG) today. It will be held November 7-11 at the Feliciana Retreat Center near Norwood, Louisiana. This will be the 30th anniversary for this star party and my third time attending. Lean more about it at their website or their Yahoo group site.