Blast from the Past

March 10, 2010 at 11:12 am 6 comments

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Second: Today’s post is another blast from the past- a picture of me (Emerald) and Ruby from FIVE years ago! This one was taken in Hot Springs, AR, at the Gulpha Gorge campgrounds. The Gulpha Gorge is a beautiful place, and if any of you ever wanna go camping in Arkansas, I highly recommend it. But we were LIVING there. Why? Because we were refugees from Hurricane Katrina! For about a month, me, Ruby, her husband, and another guy who I hardly knew at the time lived together in a two-man tent. Although it was a traumatic experience to be displaced from our home so suddenly and to realize we weren’t going to get to go back anytime soon, we made the best out of the situation and mostly I remember that it was fun. We cooked on the grill, we had a cocktail party (because we evacuated with high heels and cocktail dresses) and invited the other campers, we showered at the Red Cross, and in the evenings we’d sit around looking at the stars and planning our suddenly wide-open future. Everyone in Hot Springs was so nice to us! Sometimes we’d come back to our tent after being out and find that people had anonymously left us blankets and clothing, and one time, even a box of fried chicken!
Here we are outside our tent (a.k.a. The Visqueen Castle because of the clever rain fly Ruby’s husband made from landscaping materials), at our concrete picnic table. Odds are that we are listening to our favorite Burt Bacharach CD. Ruby made me that flower crown.



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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bellyhoo  |  March 10, 2010 at 11:44 am

    You guys are so pretty. Thanks for sharing the sweet evac story.

  • 2. Ruby  |  March 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Awwwww, thanks KEL!
    That is exactly the picture I thought you would have had if you still had one from the gorge. I love it! I am going to steal it right now!
    That was oddly a really fin time…..

  • 3. Judy  |  March 10, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Lovely picture of lovely ladies. Katrina has gone down in history as a deciding line of time. We lost our house during that storm…but it all worked out in the long run. We also lived in tents and cooked on a grill for a while…then bought a travel trailer because FEMA said we did not qualify. “Those were the days, my friend, I thought they’d never end”, and I was so glad when life returned to the new “normal”.

    I enjoyed reading about your Katrina adventures.


    • 4. Ruby  |  March 11, 2010 at 9:12 am

      Thanks Judy 🙂 It was, indeed, an adventure and one I enjoy reading from others, as well.

  • 5. Emerald  |  March 11, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Another thing I remember from that time is the “Bubbling Cauldrons” (our name for the little waterfall area behind the tent where we could sit and let the water splash all around us) and washing our dishes in the stream behind the tent and feeling very Bohemian.

    And “Donde estas tus pantalones, senor?” “Ai yai yai.”

    • 6. Ruby  |  March 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

      I have a picture of Dennis and I in the bubbling cauldrons, it is a tiny little picture that I must have cut to fit a tiny picture frame and it sits in my jewelry box, I really liked the bubbling cauldrons.
      HOT SPRINGS rules!


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