Right now my kids should be in school my wife should be at work and I should be finishing up a couple stories I had from last weekend when my wife and I had a wonderful time at a family/friend’s wedding in the country’s oldest city Saint Augustine.
But the kids are at home and the wife is at Target. She just called to say that she scored three cases of bottled water (the only thing I couldn’t get yesterday.) And as for St. Augustine, Castillo de San Marco can weather anything but I fear I may have some of the last pictures of some of the shops on St. George St.
We get hysterical news about hurricanes a few times a year but central Florida hasn’t had anything to worry about in a decade. This one might be different.
Yesterday, I was meeting a friend as he checked out of a hotel at Disney and we parked in the new lot of the newly redesigned Disney Springs to get some brunch. Just then I got a text from my wife that I should probably head to the store sooner than later. I didn’t know it yet, but all Orange County schools had already been announced as closed for Thursday and Friday and all Orange County events and activities were canceled through Sunday. I said a quick goodbye and skipped out on brunch to head home along a path that takes me by three Publix grocery stores, three Walgreens, two gas stations and a few banks. It wasn’t even noon yet and every one of those places had a line, just to get into the parking lot. So I headed home and stopped at the Publix adjacent to my subdivision. They were out of water but not yet anything else. It was a different story later that day but I got what I needed (sans agua) and took my loot home with an hour to spare before getting the kids.
With very little gas I squeezed the last drops from the can meant for the yard equipment and headed down the tollway. I knew that the local stations were everyone’s first choice so as predicted, the oasis on the Florida turnpike was barely busy.
The rest of the preparations were pretty mundane & boring; find the candles, batteries, etc. This far inland and at 120′ elevation, our only issue is power being out for a few days. One trick I learned for that is to fill coolers 1/4 with ice & rock salt then line the salted ice with aluminum foil. It makes a 1930’s refrigerator so you have 3 days to finish what was in the fridge, not 4 hours.
I just heard that Disney closed until Saturday, not just the parks, the resorts too. Not sure how the resort hotels can ‘close’. Maybe the shops and services but I hope guests can still eat, there’s only a few grocery stores anywhere near Disney.
Good luck Florida!