Well, she was really just a tropical storm when she hit Maryland. Gordon and I are on our way back from a few days in Silver Spring, where we attended our friends' son's Bar Mitzvah. Irene hit Saturday while we were there. Many people cancelled on the Bar Mitzvah party, but we intrepid Canadians drove down and survived! Having lived through the eye of hurricane Juan (force 2) passing right over our house in Nova Scotia, I found this storm less scary, at least where we were staying. Not so much in other places it hit. :(
The power went out at our hotel sometime while we were asleep Saturday night, so yesterday we moved to a hotel in Baltimore that still had electricity. All very exciting!
Good thoughts to everyone who has experienced hardship and property damage because of the hurricane. I have a friend in Vermont whose house foundation has collapsed. Her basement is full of water and her fuel oil is leaking into it. She and her pets are fine and safe, but it's an awful situation.
We had a fun time in Maryland but I'm looking forward to getting home to see my DUCKLINGS! Our very-capable friends have been looking after our place while we've been gone.
Meanwhile, we are enjoying pizza, beer and satellite TV in our Cortland, NY hotel room. More after we get home!