Sunday, July 19, 2009
Yesterday was a great day. We headed out to Calgary to attend a wedding reception of Garry's niece and her new husband. It's a three hour drive to Calgary from our home, and we decided that we would head home the same night so knew we were in for a long day.
Shyra came with us, which was great because we knew there would be lots of family there and many whom we hadn't seen for some time. Garry's folks arrived from Saskatchewan and a brother and his wife from BC as well as others.
The weather was fantastic and the reception was held outdoors in the bride's father's backyard. Beautifully set up and a wonderful time.
Technology made it possible to view all the professional photographs online. What a lovely opportunity to feel like you were there at the wedding.
We spent some time visiting with all the relatives before heading home around 7pm. Drove to Red Deer, where we stopped for a bite to eat before continuing the journey. About 20 minutes away from home, we knew we'd made the right decision to come home, but also knew we were in for one heck of a storm. The wind began blowing so hard, Garry had difficulty keeping the vehicle on the road as well as you were always concerned the the vehicles in the next lane were going to stay in their lane! You could actually feel the pressure change inside the vehicle. The sky was getting blacker and blacker...we started watching for funnel clouds. There was no rain, but we knew something was happening. Just as we approached our town, we watched all the lights go out....power failure ...no street lights, no nothing! Very surreal.
As we pulled into the driveway, my first thought was are we going to be able to get into the house before whatever is brewing is going to hit! We made it with seconds to spare.
Here's the photos. We used the emergency lights to be able to take the pictures.
The hail was hitting the deck so hard you could feel the vibration on the floor in the kitchen.
About two minutes into the storm.
My poor plants!
I still have to go out this morning to survey the damage!
Icy fight anyone???
Thankfully the power came on shortly after this and once the rain started the wind died down and it became a rather nice night.
Thank you Lord for our safe trip home.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Have a wonderfully blessed day.