I imagine some of you are aware of the new Tryon International Equestrian Center, located 80 miles from me. And that the FEI World Equestrian Games are now underway, just started a couple of days ago. It will be 2 weeks of the highest level competition, with the world's best athletes, horse and human, participating in this impressive event. An old college friend of mine, Zora, with whom I've stayed in touch over the decades, is also a horsey person, and lives about 5 miles from this facility, with her horses and husband. Last year she showed me around it, when nothing was happening. I've been looking at the schedule, considering possible attendance, but was slowed down in this consideration due to the cost of each event. Had thought I may go with just a day pass, which offers lots, but no event attendance. I really want to see those world class horses! And they do not let you wander among the stables!
Meanwhile, I live near Asheville, 350 miles from Wilmington, where the storm is bearing down now. Tryon is about 325 miles from Wilmington. So, my friend Zora has a friend who lives near Wilmington, also a horse owner, who had bought tickets to the WEG for 2 days coming up, Friday and Saturday. Even I'm getting impressed with the risks of this storm now, said to be the storm of a lifetime, expected to cover an area generally the size of the bulk of the UK, to linger as it moves through the Carolinas, to cause really bad flooding, I live in the mountains, so have felt we'd be safe here, so far inland, so high up. So it appears Zora's friend from Wilmington is not going to come to the WEG after all, even tho Zora offered her to evacuate with all her crew (self, husband, horse, cats, etc) to Zora's place. Evidently the prospect of facing the standstill traffic, with all in hand so to speak, etc, is daunting. (But facing the storm up close must be equally daunting.)
Within this context, unless said person chooses today to go ahead and evacuate, I seem to be the recipient of those tickets for free. Not a certain, 100% thing yet, but nearly. I would leave by 8 am in the morning, tomorrow, to get there, earlier if I can. Then I'm thinking about my crew, horse, cats, dogs, but luckily have another horsey neighbor who will take over. As she said, it's the chance of a lifetime. I would be home by Saturday evening.
Another couple of short stories about these topics: Seems a group of sheiks in headdress were lost, near the facility in general, and made a stop in a local school to turn around. The county is a rural county, not used to such things, and high in "Trumpites", as my friend put it. So, soon, the parents were calling the sheriff, complaining about terrorists on their doorstep! The sheriff has said the county will never be the same again!
Another, storm and WEG related, a horse trainer from Mississippi was on his way to the WEG, to give a demonstration daily, not sure. I heard he was stopped in Atlanta and turned back due to the storm!
Well, out in California, you folks have the really bad forest fires and the droughts. Here in the east coast, we have water, water, water, in one form or another. Now this!
I'll keep you posted!