Monday, May 13, 2013

On to Our HFH Time in Alabama

We always like spending time here in east Tennessee.  This time was no different.  It is such a beautiful place and has lots of history.  And Pam grew up here and has a lot of family here.  We have been coming here for over 35 years now.

But it was time to leave our spot at Mike and Joan's place. We have a great situation with water and electric at the "Roadrunner RV Resort and Campground".
We got to visit them for over a week.    A great thing about this lifestyle is being able to visit family and seeing the grandkids growing up.  Kayla graduates from HS next month and Noah (going into 5th grade) is ready for summer baseball to start.  And its always great to spend time with Michelle and Jeremy.  Nephew Joey and I got to play golf on Friday and got in 27 holes which was fun.

But it was time to move on and we packed up and got underway about 8:15 on Sunday morning.  It took over 5 hours to get to Y-Acres Campground.
We are now set up in our Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Campground spot in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
We start work this morning for a two week gig here to work on some home struck by the devastating hurricane tornado of two years ago:  April 25-28, 2011.  After we arrived, Peter (campground host and long-time local Habitat volunteer) took us for a short drive through the area struck by the hurricane tornado.   It was very sobering to see the aftermath of the destruction --even two years later.

Many homes are gone never to return.  Much of the neighborhoods hit still show the effects.  But many folks have stayed and rebuilt.  We saw some of the 15 31 Habitat houses that have been built since then.  There are another 6 or 7 in various stages of construction that we will be working on.

We are looking forward to putting in some good hours and learning new skills and meeting some homeowners.  A big bonus of being here is that we found out HFH Care-A-Vanner friends Jim and Betty are also here for a while.  So that will be fun catching up and working with them again.

Hope you all have a good week.  Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!

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