Send A Little Positive Energy If You Can Spare It

Uncle AndrewUncle Andrew
Filed under: @ 9:42 am

My good friend Gavin, his wife, three kids and their Alpaca ranch are in one of the wildfire evacuation areas in San Diego County.

Fallbrook Evacuation Area

I haven’t heard back from him since I emailed to ask how he is doing. Frankly, with cell traffic as jammed as it is in the SD area due to the evacuations, I’m a little leery of trying to reach him on his phone and tying up further bandwidth. Not to mention that he may need his phone battery for more important things.

If you have a moment today, try to send some positive thought in that direction—for everyone. And their alpacas. And Gavin: if you happen to see this, post a quick note to let me know how you’re doing. 🙁

Here are some places accepting charitable donations for wildfire relief.

4 Responses to “Send A Little Positive Energy If You Can Spare It”

  1. SheriHi Says:

    Holly is currently living in Solana Beach, mandatory evacuation lifted last night, she’s currently working at an evacuation site since UCSD is closed for the week. Check out http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&ie=UTF8&om=1&msa=0&msid=114250687465160386813.00043d08ac31fe3357571&num=1000&ll=33.008663,-116.869812&spn=1.603033,1.983032&z=9 for up-to-date info.

    Notice the large animal shelters available. Good thoughts for the llamas and everyone affected by fire.

  2. Uncle Andrew Says:

    As of today Gavin’s house is outside of the evacuation zone. I may try to reach him tomorrow.

  3. Gavin Says:

    We are now home safe and sound.
    Monday morning the fires were going strong so we kept the kids home from school. As it became apparent that the fire near Fallbrook was coming our way we packed up the kids and important stuff and sent them to my brother’s house on the coast. Holly and I packed up the animals, (accidentally leaving my laptop at the house…) and took them up to Alpacas at Windy Hill in Simi Valley (northwest of L.A.). As we were leaving town we saw 50+ police cars rolling towards town and heard on the radio that Fallbrook was being evacuated. We finally wound up in a hotel in Encinitas with a view of the ocean and a nice pool, and spent the rest of the week pretending we were on vacation.

    We just got back into the house today. No damage, no fire near us, but still a lot of smoke in the air. Not bad considering what other people came home to… In case anyone is wondering I’d have to say our local government did an amazing job getting people out of harm’s way, keeping people informed, and keeping shelters stocked. Really quite a contrast to earlier fires and events in other states.

  4. Uncle Andrew Says:

    Hey Dude! Boy, am I glad to hear from you. I’m glad you all were spared: the Google Earth map of the evacuation zone looked pretty spooky. 😮

    I’m also glad to know that the animals were okay, and that you ‘paca people band together in times of crisis. Maybe you can debug a server for them sometime. 😉

    Wish everyone our best. If there’s anything you can use from us, say the word. Wanna come up for Trick Or Treating? 😀

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