I was up early sipping a cup of coffee and watching the morning sky lighten over the ski resort town of Park City, Utah, where we were in our second week of ‘timeshare life’ during our Southwestern road trip. Park City is a post-card perfect ski village about a half-hour outside Salt Lake City.
On this laid-back morning, I decided to check Facebook while I awaited The Scout’s emergence from slumber. . .
The first photo that came up in my feed was from Kalamata, Greece:
I remembered reading a friend’s post the day before urging drivers to use caution on the roadways; it was raining -- a much needed rain but because it had been dry for so long – but she’d cautioned of slick roadways. Not slick enough to cause that pileup though!
|A car on the beach in Stoupa, The Mani|
|Flood waters where the street should be|
Thanks to the wonders of Facebook and its feature, Messenger, I called my friend Sue who lives just down the valley from us in The Mani and we spoke face-to-face (at no cost, thank you, Facebook!) about what had happened. By the time we talked – my early morning Wednesday and her late afternoon Wednesday – the storm had subsided and the clean up process had begun.
|The aftermath - Stoupa|
|Divers were called in to locate cars in the bay|
Rallying to Recover
The communities went to work cleaning up streets, cars, homes, businesses and beaches. The government declared five municipalities as being in a state of emergency and photos showed military troops and heavy equipment helping with the restoration and cleanup. A call for volunteer help was issued in our area and the community responded.
Clean up efforts began immediately
|Pantasi Beach, just below The Stone House on the Hill|
|Another view of Pantazi Beach|
By Saturday, my friend Maria had posted the photos below saying that the sun was shining and tourists had returned to the beaches. Recovery efforts had been swift at the beach-front town.
|Stoupa - three days later|
|Beach-goers basked in sunshine|
|Relief at seeing The Stone House on the Hill right where we'd left it|
Many of you recall our friends Chuck and Marti from Kirkland who’d visited us last year had decided to move to our area this fall for a year’s ex pat adventures. By a quirk of fate, their arrival brought them, their two cats and dog, to Stoupa late Wednesday evening. There they saw cars floating in the bay and recovery efforts underway. And they learned the road to their rental home had washed out.
|The Road to the Stone House on the Hill - this was paved|
The road to our place was among those hard hit. . .it is bad, but so far (fingers-crossed that it gets no worse) we’ll be able to reach our house.
|Sections of our road washed out|
|The 'road' to our friends' home is worse than ours|
It won’t be long now before we are back in Greece but for the last couple of days, even as we completed our road trip through the Southwestern U.S. our hearts and heads were with our many friends in The Mani. . .
And that’s why this week’s road trip tale took a bit of a detour!
As always, thanks for the time you spend with us each week. And another thank you to all who follow TravelnWrite on Facebook or who are FB friends and who have provided such an outpouring of support and concern for not only us, but the villagers and our friends in The Mani. It meant a lot to all of us ~ hugs to you all!
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