This one is going to be bad. Lots of wind, very heavy rain. The leading edge should be getting here around midnight tonight. Sure thing there will be trees down, and the power will go. I'm about to go out and clean all the up slope diversion ditches out, to keep the water coming down the mountain from getting up against the foundations of the buildings. That's about all I can do that I haven't already done. The generator is working, so if the power goes out it will be noisy but not dark.
I'm riding up to Hayesville, North Carolina this afternoon to look at Jeeps. I saw one of the new 2018 Wrangler JL versions in town, and really liked it. They start at about $30,000 new, which is steep but doable.
I was reading through an old book today, from about 10 years ago when most people were still planning on "bugging out" when the fewmets hit the windmill. Granted, if you live in a city or a suburb, that's probably the only option you have, but I'm forting up and sheltering in place. The movie "The Road" made a big impression on me, in terms of the vulnerability of those who hit the trail.
Not least of which is vulnerability to the hordes of predators that would be unleashed by the breakdown of order. We're not even to that point yet, and they're still wrecking havoc on decent people today.
If you get caught out in the open, in line of march with dependents, Good Luck, Buddy.
It might be a better idea to do some preplanning and at least have a place to go to when the inevitable finally occurs. There are some new books out on survival retreat planning, but here are a couple of old standbys.
This is a new book, just released, that I have not read yet. However, I've seen reviews of it on other survivalist oriented blogs, and people seem to like it. I need to order a copy and see if there's anything in it that will help me improve my situation up here on the mountain top.
Sheltering in Place is not a bad idea if you plan it out ahead of time. Two books that aren't specifically oriented towards the survival retreat, but closely aligned with the subject are :
I like living way out here in the woods. I like the quiet, the lack of interaction with human beings on a ground level, and the freedom that entails. It has it's ups and downs, as anyone who comes by here often knows. But overall, you can't beat it. And when the house of cards we call our "society" finally comes crashing down, I'd rather be sitting up here, than down in Atlanta.....
Home, Sweet Home. Festung Harry.