Let’s Help Vermont
Eastern Mountain Sports Waterford is ok, my house is ok, my family is ok, and I am ok. I have no power and it may be a while before I get it back. But we were prepared. We were warned and we knew what to expect. I saw firsthand flooded house, 100 year old trees lying across power lines and the road, and boats washed ashore. There were a lot of people that were not prepared. It wasn’t because they didn’t listen to warnings, they had no such warnings. New York City was supposed to get this massive flooding, not Vermont. My parents have power so I went over for dinner on Sunday night.
While reading the news online I came across a picture from a flooded section of downtown Brattleboro.
On the left hand side of the street with the red and white awnings is Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters. Now I am a gear junkie and love visiting outdoor stores. I have been to Whittaker Mountaineering and could feel the history of the Whittaker family. Jim was the first American to summit Everest after all. In Minnesota I went to Duluth Pack Store and felt like I was in a canoer’s Mecca. But my first real love for outdoor stores was Sam’s. My aunt and uncle have lived in Brattleboro for some time and I always enjoy visiting Sam’s. As a child my first stop in the store was the free popcorn machine. So seeing the water lapping at the downstairs doors of the store my heart sank. I was imagining the shoes and boots floating around and the gear junkie in me couldn’t take my eyes off of the picture. I don’t know how high the water got inside the store but just knowing where the water was coming from in relationship to the store I knew things were really bad there.
On Monday I went to have dinner and watch the news at my next door neighbor’s house because they had a generator going. I saw more flooding in Vermont and the video below of one of the covered bridges being washed away.
Here’s that same bridge in its former glory that will hopefully be restored some day soon.
Such a great state with beautiful downtowns has been devastated. Part of me wanted to run up to Brattleboro this coming weekend and spend some money to show them support, but really that’s not a good idea. They will need some time to repair and recover.
I then remembered that in less than a month I will be up in Burlington for the Nor’easter. If my travel timing works out I will definitely stop in Brattleboro on my way up or back. I was already getting excited to be at the Nor’easter but I think I am even more excited now. I will gladly spend my money at as many local businesses as I can. Vermont is going to need our help in the coming months so think about heading over there once things are more cleaned up. Go for a hike, a bike ride, or stay at a Bed and Breakfast. Come winter go downhill skiing, cross country skiing, or even snowshoeing. If you don’t want to wait that long come to the Nor’easter September 23-25, but try to make an effort to get off the highway along the way and show some support for the smaller, hard hit communities. If you can’t make the trip to Vermont, a donation to the Red Cross is probably the most reliable and efficient you can show your support for all of Irene’s victims.
To all the Vermonters out there as I sit here in the dark at home in Connecticut, my thoughts are with you.