We were told that a light parade is done each year. It takes place on the second Saturday of December. The vehicles start the drive in Riddle and move through Tri-City and through Highway 99 over to the street just behind the one we're on. The parade then turns down the only street that connects Riverside to Division, Division to one of the numbered avenues and then on to Main Street.
The parade is a big deal, and downtown offers free hot drinks and chili. There are fireworks at the park stadium. This has been a tradition for 22 years now from what I understand. I was surprised they were able to do the fireworks with all the rain. We heard that it's unusual to have that much rain to fall throughout the day and hasn't happened often.
Roland found a corner where two couples were standing beneath an awning. They had a fire going and told us we could join them. They said it was rare that it was the only corner with a fire going. In the past there have been fires on at least three corners. They bring out hot dogs, marshmallows and sodas. They said we were welcome to whatever they had, but that it was on the inside of the house rather than outdoors where they usually cook it (I guess)
We had waited for the parade for a longer time than the parade itself. Our neighbor said she counted 32 vehicles and clocked at 7 minutes and 23 seconds. I, for one, was rather impressed. I wish I could have captured the beauty of it all - but my pictures don't do justice. We did create a video off Roland's phone. I was able to load it to facebook (finally).
My neighbor said the sky had been pounding the rain down all night. It didn't stop until after 4:00 yesterday morning. When it stopped being rain. I really wasn't surprised to see snow on the ground yesterday morning. We'd been told that it rarely ever snows in these parts. A light snow really. From what I'm used to. Jenna was excited. She built a snowman, made snow angels and begged for a snowball fight.
I don't know what time we lost power. We used the backup generator we had to check the status against what we had heard on the wind-up radio we have. It wasn't just Myrtle Creek or Douglas County that was without power. Medford was mentioned and so was Grants Pass. That's a lot of area. Our generator went out while we were still online. It's pretty useless now.
Roland went to Roseburg and back. He purchased a new generator and several power chords. He wanted to be prepared for the upcoming week. He works from home and needs the Internet. But by then, the Internet had gone out as well. We didn't have church.
We had invited our neighbor to come over and enjoy our heat and play some games. She stayed with us until the power returned. . Pacific Power had reported almost 7,000 customers throughout Douglas, Josephine and Jackson counties were without power as of Monday morning. That number is down from the 25,000 that were without power on Sunday. We are quite blessed that our power had returned when it did. The schools in all three counties were either delayed a few hours or else cancelled altogether
It reminded us of a Christmas when we had lost power all day - which actually provided perks for many families. Jenna says she remembers and would like the power to go out on Christmas this year. She wants only lights from the tree and a lantern at the table so that we can play games. I'd like to listen to music. Both of us seem dead set about the television being on. Now that we have a new generator, Roland would still resort to a video, I think.
|We were standing near this fire pit. The awning provided protection as we watched the parade. Unfortunately it was not able to protect itself.|
|same corner as parade route the night before|
|continuing down this street|