We have had some crazy weather while we have been on our trip. Sixty MPH gusts in Holbrook Arizona, temperatures in the 20’s in Winnemucca, Nevada, flooding in Houston, Texas, and nearby hail in Waco, Texas. None of them have been as crazy as when we were in Madisonville, Louisiana. We were lying in bed and Marisa’s phone buzzed and gave us a little scare. There was a tornado warning and it said “People in this area need to take cover now!” with a big red trail of what looked like death and hell approaching our location. Being from Utah we didn’t really know what to do.
Luckily Marisa remembered that she had heard from someone in a previous campground that if a tornado is coming and there isn’t a storm shelter, the best thing to do is to go into a bathroom. We debated for a few minutes about whether we should wake everyone up and finally decided to do it.
We ran through torrential rain to the bathroom. We were smart enough to go into the women’s bathroom (they are usually cleaner right?) There was already a family in there so we felt a little safer since they seemed to know what they were doing. Madelyn was scared enough that she was shaking. We were soaking wet but it was a blessing for us since we were able to meet The Kleiner’s and the Spake’s. We were hiding in the bathroom for half an hour so we had plenty of time to talk and it was so great to make friends in the bathroom (first time I have ever said that.)
We were packing up and leaving the next day and the Kleiner’s were in a spot near us. Marisa found out that they were heading to the same destination as us a few days later than we were. We ended up having them over for dinner 4 states away in Destin, Fl. Look how much better we look when we aren’t cowering in a bathroom.
I have mentioned on this blog many times before that one of the greatest things about being on this trip is the people we meet. We were so blessed to make new friends in a bathroom during a tornado watch. I think our meeting each other was meant to be and I’m sure our paths will cross many times in the future. We feel so blessed that we are able to meet so many wonderful people on the road.