We have been waiting to see what direction Irma was going to head. There have been so many possibilities!!! For awhile we thought Irma would make landfall directly in Miami but when we got up Saturday we saw where she turned more west. So it's still a wait and see game even for the folks at the hurricane center. How does that effect us? If we head north her remnants are projected to head up into Tennessee with 45mph+ wind gusts. Areas northwest and northeast are looking very rainy and windy...so that leaves east and that is out because Georgia is scheduled to get a bad hit from Irma. With those options out of the loop, we looked to the western or, you got it, a southern route as the best choices.
Why do we need to move at all? Auburn, Alabama, our home base, is scheduled to receive winds of 35 to 50 mph with wind gusts over 60 mph. We have a nice site nestled in the trees...lots of trees!!! 50 mph and gust over 60 is just not something we choose to experience when our home has wheels and we can leave. Our Ollie weighs about 5800 lbs loaded.....not one of the big guys!! Plus those trees can come down or lose limbs and damage Ollie!! So we headed out Sunday morning...the day Irma heads in!!
After much weather channel watching, reading weather reports and even asking a few people their opinions, we decided to head northwest. So tonight we are settled in our site at Barnes Crossings Campground in Tupelo Mississippi!! We first thought about north and head up into Tennessee but upon looking at their forecast it showed lots of rain...lots and of course the dreaded wind. We even took a look at lower Alabama simply because it remained fairly clear on all the maps. But early this morning those weather reports began to show wind gust of 43 mph. Still better than where we were but still high and of course there is always the potential for tornados. So we finally thought north and west which led us to northwest and Tupelo Mississippi. Why Tupelo Mississippi? Why not? We can see where Elvis, the King of Rock-n-Roll began his life.
|The house where Elvis was born and lived for several years|
|The Elvis Presley Museum|
|There are concrete markers on the ivy for each year he lived here|
and on the bottom left corner facing the other way is one for the year he died
|The Church Elvis went to|
|A replica of an outhouse used by the families|
So tomorrow we will return to the home where Elvis was born and tour some since it was closed this afternoon. We are right on the Natchez Trace here and so we might head over and see a little of the Trace while here!
|Our spot at Barnes Crossing Campground|
We have to return to the Auburn area to get our drivers license for Alabama and then purchase our tags for the truck and Ollie!!
We can go "home" but so many lately have lost their homes! So many can't go home because it is no longer there. Please join me in keeping these fellow Americans in our prayers. I read a book once that asked this question....what is the one thing that you can never lose? God's love!! When God is all you've got...God is all you need!!