It started out sort of ‘Breezy’ . . .
I moved the car to act as a wind break – then went over to the neighbors to watch the sunset and share a fire. We took the wind as long as we could, but it was a short evening.
As I approached the trailer, I saw that the Paha Que had wrapped itself around the trailer! The wind was so strong that I couldn’t move it away from the door far enough to get in. I didn’t have a flashlight or access to any tools. Slowly, I managed to get part of the Paha Que untethered – enough so that I could squeeze into the trailer and get a flashlight and some tools. The wind was really ripping – which made it quite the adventure getting the awning dismantled and jammed into the car. One of the cross-bars had bent under a gust of wind allowing the whole thing to collapse and glue itself to the side of the trailer.
I should have known better and taken it down when the wind first kicked up! I didn’t sleep well that night – the trailer was really rocking-and-rolling! The next day I realized I wasn’t the only one to delay taking something down. My neighbor to the East lost their screen tent.
No wonder the landscape is so barren – these winds must take just about everything down!! The winds were only gusting to about 30mph – I guess I was lucky. One of my neighbors said his weather center recorded steady 50mph winds gusting to 75mph last year (don’t know what I’d do in that kind of wind – 30 was scary enough!)
The skies are finally clearing – but there is a fine grit throughout the trailer – I remember this from sandstorms in west Texas when I was a kid. We’d clean for days to get the sand that had filtered into the house off the surfaces. My lungs feel a bit clogged up and my cough is back – nothing like breathing dirt for several days!