Clay Higgins, North Carolina

Hurricane Maria & Me

September 28, 2017

Categories: American Daffodil Society, General, Non-Daffodil

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I now know how to pass the time during Hurricane Maria.  While she was off shore by about 150 miles the Weather Channels was very active on the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina, about 5 miles east of where I am located.  Fran and I drove over to our place on the Atlantic Ocean OBX to see for ourselves, not much to see.  So on Tuesday and Wednesday Sept 26, 27, I got so bored that I went outside to my daffodil storage racks under my canvas car-port and spent the two days sorting bulbs.  I just about sorted all the bulbs that I want to save for replanting from those that are to be given away.  The wind.  What wind: or I forgot the Wind on the Weather Channel. And Rain, oh yes, also the rain on weather channel.  I don’t think we got enough rain to measure.  Wind, okay, there was a time or two where a gust of 14 or 20 miles an hour wind blew my 1 lb paper bags around and I had to play pick-um up.

I’m so glad that I’m not on the weather channel.  I’d have to hide from this none existent wind and rain.  Give it its due however, the ocean is a little rowdy right now and the waves are higher than normal and I think anyone going into that ocean now would have to contend with some violent rip-currents.  However a rough sea is normal when you have a hurricane visiting close off to your east.

I have had occasion to visit both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Maria was not so kind to them.  If you haven’t visited do so when the situation returns to normal.



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2 Responses to Hurricane Maria & Me

  1. Drew Mc Farland, Ohio
    September 29, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Well noted Clay. I stopped watching that some time ago. Many tempests in their mental teapot. Likewise though, wishing the best for P.R. and U.S.V.I.

    I wonder if there are any warm-friendly daffs grown down there?

    Drew Mc Farland

  2. Clay Higgins, North Carolina
    Clay Higgins, North Carolina
    October 3, 2017 at 8:21 am

    HI Drew

    Someone watching the weather channel would think Maria was tearing up the east coast. Out place on the ocean is just north of Kitty Hawk with a common border. We actually us the Kitty Hawk Post office. We went over to our place, walked out on the beach sand looked around at the churning ocean and went back to the car. Nothing to see. I’ve seen worse Nor’ Easterners here than Maria. However the Weather Channel was putting on a Hollywood act. I was surprised about that.

    We didn’t lose sand off our beach, it actually built up the sand. Plus, we have a sand drift about six inches deep across the entire floor of our deck. A shovel took care of that in a matter of minutes.

    Tazetta’s might work in Puerto Rico. We visited San Juan, the old San Juan Fort that goes back before the Spanish American War, saw a bull fight without the killing of the bull, went up into the tropical mountains, and watched a waterfall. Drove the circuit around the entire Island in a rented VW car. It was a beautiful island. I kept trying my Spanish and the natives kept answering me in English. I guess they were practicing their English while I practiced my Spanish.