|Downriver on the Sauk~|
By today - I decided that I had to go up & see for myself that they were all OK! I took the long route heading north through Mt. Vernon to Sedro-Woolley, on to Concrete, Rockport & finally Darrington. The trip door-to-door took two hours. Once I arrived in Darrington, the number of reporters, their supporting trucks etc., seemed to have invaded what had been such a quiet, peaceful town. The parking lot at the IGA was full! Emergency responders were coming & going - a busy scene - but even in the midst of the controlled chaos - the somber feeling on what was a sunny afternoon was obvious.
(It seems any time disaster strikes, there are so many who use the public's hunger for news - to to promote themselves in whatever way - whether it be by bragging about the charitable contributions they've made, or further pontificating on whats already known.) I decided Not to take any photos in town.
|Newly logged land along 530 opens views of Whitehorse|
Our little granddaughters are growing like little spring flowers! Both so darn cute & full of mischief :-)
|Ben & Skyla|
|Ben on his bike!|
|Ben out on the power line trails~|
I didn't want to chance that - so decided to take the long route back. Later I found out that the road was indeed open for traffic, so I'll take it next week when I go to pick up Ben for the weekend.
For us, knowing our family was OK - was such a relief. Seeing them with my own eyes, getting my hugs & kisses... made it Real! Still... bittersweet when thinking of what others are suffering through...
The people of Darrington & Oso are survivors. They live where they do because it's where they want to be. It's just so sad that Snohomish County allowed continued building & living in an area where there were such serious known risks... Now - many - way too many - have paid for the oversight with their lives...
Post Script - three of my co-committee members on the Centennial Trail & Whitehorse Trail Committee live in that area. It was a huge relief to receive an email from George that they are all OK - though they have neighbors that were affected...