Thursday, November 1st finally came and it was time to head home. We had a non stop flight from Seoul to San Francisco leaving in the afternoon. Everything went fine but we were worried if we would be able to get the next leg of our flight into Newark. We talked about what we could do if Newark was still closed and that would be to fly as close to New Jersey as possible and then rent a car and drive the rest of the way. Went we got to the United Club they informed us the flights were on time to Newark as there were not many planes there and the airport wanted to get the traffic moving again. Thank goodness!
The flight was another long one and I worried and thought about what I would do when I got home. We arrived about 11:30pm in Newark and moved as quick as we could to get our luggage and get to our car. When we flew in there didn't seem to be too much problem with power being out as there were lights all over the place from the air. When we drove out of the airport and got onto route 22 hoping to also get some gas, we ran into a big surprise. There was no power which means no gas. We came upon a couple gas stations, but the lines were about a mile long. We decided to keep going. When you take away the power and lighting the areas that look familiar are now strange and erie looking. I found it hard trying to figure out where we were and these were areas I knew. We ran into detours and road blocks once we turned off of the highway and a simple 10 minute trip now took 20 plus minutes.
I arrived home around 1:15am on Friday morning the 2nd of November. My wife was in bed sleeping under two down quilts. The house was about 62 degrees and the generator was running keeping the food cold and one light in the kitchen on for me. I was exhausted at this point and gave her a kiss letting her know I was home safe and she awoke to tell me about the storm. The neighbors had been very helpful in keeping the generator running, going out to buy her gas, and checking in on her. Good thing I had her take money out of the bank before the storm hit. I sat on the bed and listened to all the things that had happened and finally got under the covers and went to sleep.
The next morning I got up and took a walk around our small one square mile town to see what had happened. I was shocked by the trees and telephone poles that were down. Power cables and wires are down all over the place. Nobody has power and you hear the roar of generators running all over. People were caring for their neighbors and running extension cords to the neighbors to help save the food in their refridgerator and freezers. There was a sense of people pulling together to get through this disaster. There little one could do, but wait for power and the streets to be made passable.
The storm brought with it damage like never seen before. But once we had a chance to get out of the house we drove to Bethlehem Pennsylvania to get gasoline for my truck and containers for the generator. I setup the television that afternoon so we could watch DVDs, I used the stove to heat the house, picked up all the branches in the yard, and recovered the boat in the backyard.
It was now time to check on my friends and summer hangout Keyport.