Wednesday, October 24, 2007
We're home! They lifted our evacuation order somewhere around 1:30 or 2:00pm, and we headed home after finishing our lunch in Huntington Beach. We had no problems getting home although we did pass right by the Camp Pendleton fire (aka Horno Fire). That was pretty insane. It was like driving into night and back out into day as we went through. The smoke was so thick and black and the flames were pretty close to the freeway. Our house smells fine since we made sure all the windows were closed before we left. The boys fell asleep in the car on the way down, so we left them asleep in the garage and we quickly vacuumed and mopped up the ash and soot we had tracked around in our hasty exit. It's weird now because being home makes me feel like this whole ordeal is over. And maybe it is for me, but those fires are still raging north and east and south of us. People are being evacuated all over North County and fires are still threatening. I asked The Chief if we could leave all our stuff in our car because I'm just so wary of believing that it's truly over for us. What's sad is that a couple of these fires - the Poomacha fire and the Orange County Santiago Canyon fire were caused by arsonists. Stupid, stupid waste. Those people should be severely punished! Oh well, I'm tired and I'd better go to bed soon. Thanks for all your prayers. We're very grateful and very blessed to have a home to come back to. And thank you Sooz and Melissa for letting us stay with you guys for a few days!