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Welcome to our site! We are Joanne & Steve. After 20+ years working for a city school department and police department, we sold almost everything, bought an RV, and started living on the road with our three children. Joanne homeschools and works online.
What we have chosen is to live life as unencumbered as we possibly can and to spend time with our family, for our family, and as a family.
This website is a record of our travels. But, we also hope to educate, entertain, and inform others about RVing, roadschooling, and the great places we visit in this country.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Drive Through Flood-Torn Wimberley, Texas

We purchased a new RV on April 14th.  That story will come later, as it is quite a story.  But right now, I want to offer up some images of the devastation caused by the flooding of the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas.  After many days of rain, finally, on May 23, the Blanco River swelled and flowed, pushing anything in its way, out of the way.  Sadly, not only property was lost.

We have visited Wimberley a few times, most recently for one of Brendan's last baseball games.  It is a quaint, quiet, pretty little town with shops and parks and lovely homes.

We took a drive through Wimberley today.  Seeing the damage and evidence of the river's sheer power left us awestruck.  

We ventured off the main drag and down County Road 1492, where we were forced to stop due to barriers that were placed before the road turned downhill, toward the river.  The houses along the bank, about 40 feet up from the river mind you, had damaged antique furniture, waterlogged chairs, and tons of other belongings out on porches and amid the rubble of trees, stone walls, and other wreckage.

I walked past the barrier and down the hill.  What I saw was amazing.  The entire road was now a river and waterfall.  Across the way was what used to be the 7A Resort & Pioneer Town.  

Click to watch the video from CNN...

7A Resort & Pioneer Town Destroyed by the Blanco River

Satellite Image of County Road 1492 before the flood.
How County Road 1492 looks now.
Across the way is 7A Resort
What the river did.
This is still high, but it rose tens of feet higher.
Picture this under water.
So much damage.

Here are some other images we captured as we slowly traveled through 
what is still a beautiful, little town.

Bridge over Blanco River...one lane at a time.
Bridge over Blanco
Blanco River
River Road...emptying the homes.
River Road
River Road
River Road
River Road
Overflowing Creek
For those homes that weren't swept away, the damage was still great.
So sad.
A view of the engorged Blanco from on high.
What the River did.
Blanco River
Where once a house stood...
Cypress Creek
Cypress Creek
Swept Away
Homes and lives in shambles.

Wimberley will rebound.

There are, I am sure, many avenues out there by which one can donate to 
help any of the areas affected by the floods.  
These are a few:

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