Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sirens *** Tsunami *** Evacuate!!

Mr. Squash and I decided early last week to drive out to the Oregon coast for a few days on a spur of the moment getaway.  It has been a long winter and quite a while since we saw the ocean, so we thought this would really lift out spirits!  We knew there were several consecutive storms set to hit Washington and Oregon over the following week, but we didn't mind - bring on a good storm, we say!

We left the Squash House early Wednesday morning, reserving a room at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, OR for two nights, then drive home on Friday morning.  (If you click on the link they have a live webcam in the upper right corner of the home page.)  The drive out wasn't bad until we hit the McMinnville area where the wind really started to kick up.  By the time we got to the beach the rain and wind were coming down sideways with no letup whatsoever!  The news that evening said the coast was receiving sustained winds of 40-60 MPH!  The photo above of Haystack Rock was taken from the balcony of our room after we arrived at the hotel.  Mr. Squash was holding onto me while I took the picture so the wind wouldn't sweep me off the deck!  The rain and the wind continued all night long, but we were cozily tucked into our lovely room!

Thursday we had a fantastic day!  We drove up to Cape Lookout and down to Lincoln City regardless of the continual high winds, but at least the rain had stopped and there was partial sunshine!  The picture above was taken on Thursday - this is just to the right of Haystack Rock.  To give you an idea of just how hard the wind was blowing - waves were crashing up and over the two nubby points on the left of that bank which was nearly as high as Haystack Rock!

I took this photo just before the sun went down on Thursday evening - it is behind those clouds low on the horizon on the right.  Even the wind had calmed considerably at that point.  Little did we know what was in store for us early Friday morning!

We awoke to the sound of the bedside phone ringing and a loud siren blaring just before 5:00 AM!  Mr. Squash got off the phone and said there was a Tsunami expected to hit in two hours and we had to leave.  Having both taken emergency certification training, we knew this was no joke.  The hotel desk had received a reverse 9-1-1 call and they were calling each occupied guest room to give us the news.  We also had no idea of the earthquake that had taken place in Japan.  So within 40 minutes we were showered, packed and on the road in total darkness!  We had seen the Tsunami Evacuation Route road signs all over the area on our travels the previous day - little did we know we were going to have to follow them!

The only problem we had was finding our way to the proper evacuation route!  It was so dark that we missed the cutoff - and got several miles down Hwy 101 (the non-recommended route) before we realized our mistake and turned around.  Once we found the road it was a while before we realized we had taken the correct route!  But 90 minutes later we found ourselved settled into Starbucks in McMinnville, safe and sound!  Whew!  What an awakening!  But - adventure seems to follow Mr. Squash and I frequently, and we most definitely stayed true to form on this trip!  Thank goodness most of our coastline was spared anything as horrendous as the devastation in Japan - our hearts go out to everyone there.

I'll have more about our trip next post, which includes this plane....anyone know what it is?

20 comments:

Cindy said...

I was truly concerned for you and Mr. Squash and said a silent prayer for your safety.

I'm so glad you found the right route to get to secure grounds. And what better, more secure place than a Starbucks....LOL

I'll take a skinny please....LOL

Anne said...

What are the odds? Now, if you could only win the lottery! LOL Glad you're home safe and sound. What an adventure. Love the Oregon coast.

Stephanie said...

Some adventures are good and some not so much. My you never have to experience evacuation again!!! Glad you're home safe and sound. Love the setting sun over haystack.

Barb said...

I would say that was some excitment...and truly glad you are home safe.

Cheryl said...

Wow, what a tale! Glad you got out safely, and my heart goes out to the poor people of Japan.

Ulla said...

Good to hear you are safe! The news from Japan are something I have never seen before.

Kaaren said...

Yikes! Now that kind of adventure is not the good kind. Thank goodness that nothing untoward happened to you and Mr. Squash. Whew!

Isn't it frightening with all these disasters happening all over the world? Stay safe!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I'm so glad you and Mr. Squash were able to evacuate safely. The pictures are so nice -- looks like a lovely place for a getaway.

Michelle said...

The Spruce Goose and you are to be at the McMinnville Air Museum...just as their annual Wine tasting is going on! I hope you enjoyed it.

Jackie said...

The hotel looks lovely. I'm glad you're home safe. Scary!

Libby said...

Is it the Spruce Goose?

Linda said...

I was a bit worried about you two because I remember you saying you were going to the ocean. I'm so glad you guys are home safe and sound! Beautiful photos! Umm, don't know about the plane...does it land on water??? :-)

Mary said...

Wow! what a trip! Is that the Spruce Goose? I toured that years ago when it was in Long Beach.

A Thrifty Mom said...

thanks for posting on this.. i googled for pictures of our favorite vacation spot there in pacific city. we always rent the second house over next to the pelican pub and love it there. i want to put the tsunami into perspective and i am glad you guys are safe and enjoyed your photos..
thanks
matt and sarah

AnnieO said...

Glad it turned out to be an adventure with only a few terrifying parts! Wow, do you ever know how to pick'em, LOL!

Kathy Alden said...

This is the Spruce Goose in the air museum in McMinville!!! Its a great museum since we have a plane and have flown there for the day!
Kathy Alden in SW Idaho!

Karen said...

Wow, Candace, you are the queen of narrow escapes! I am glad you and Mr. Squash were safe and found your way in the dark. Beautiful picture of the sunset!

Quiltingranny said...

Wow Candace, you 2 seem to have quite the adventures. Living in Aberdeen, we are used to the driving side rains and high winds, I only worry when my wind chimes start hitting the windows! Glad you are certified response members, as they would have needed you if something would have happened!

QuilterBee said...

GREAT job on your table topper!!!! It's sooo cute ;o) Amie

Carrie P. said...

wow, I bet that was scary. I am so glad the west coast was spared what Japan went through.