June 3, just three days after her arrival home, Fuego blew its top. Many were killed in villages at its base, though Antigua, itself, was safe. Yet, the devastation affects everyone.
This Wednesday she informed us that Pacaya had also begun erupting.
June 13 we have another trip leaving Antigua, bound for San Jose, Costa Rica. They’ll also spend six days in CR instead of Nicaragua.
But that doesn’t happen only in Central America. Last year, on short notice, we had to adjust the first three days of a scheduled trip here in BC when fires closed the Cariboo region. Fortunately, we found an equally good alternative; it even lead to a permanent change to that itinerary.
Events like this make us ponder how prepared we are for circumstances that are out of our control. We may not need to worry about a coup or a volcanic eruption (though Mt. Baker is still considered active). But are we prepared for an earthquake? What about flood or fire?
Authorities remind us all the time to be prepared for such. But do we, individually, always take that seriously?
I’m sure glad Becky had nurtured all those connections in Central America in advance, to provide a smooth adjustment and a good outcome.
It’s a lesson to all of us.
At least that’s how I see it . . .
. . . and on another note,
Vegas’ Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup ended last night (as I write this). The expansion team with the dream inaugural season finally ran out of golden slippers, even in Las Vegas.
But Washington, after more than forty years of frustration, and their star player Ovechkin, who’s done everything but win the big one, finally got their due. And I was happy for them both.
Now if only the Canucks, Jets and Senators could do the same one of these years!