On the way back to Grand Rapids from Grandville we were traveling at about 30mph on the highway due to the deep puddles and the difficulty seeing because of the intensity of the rain. This wasn't helped by the fact that the streetlights on the highway went out as we were driving. We were grateful to make it back to Grandma's house safely but arrived only to find out her basement was flooded and the electricity was out.
The kids were calling this "The Michigan Adventure" (the name of a theme park out here), and it got more adventurous as time went on. About 100,000 homes and businesses in the Grand Rapids area were without power, and it is projected to stay out in some areas until Saturday.
Although it's kind of fun to "rough it," although candle-light provided interesting atmosphere for showering last night, although the liquid ice-cream we had for dessert today was almost palatable, although I feel like a wimp when I realize that for the vast majority of human history people lived without it (and still do in many parts of the world) . . .
I've decided I REALLY like electricity!
We had no idea when electricity would come back on at Mom's house - if we would be without for days. It was finally restored today at 3pm (15 hours after having gone off), and as it did, the stereo came on, and the song that was playing was The Theme to Masterpiece Theatre. I guess it was a "you had to be there" moment, but it was awesome to have that majestic fanfare play as the electricity came back on and we celebrated.
I guess talking about the weather is a boring cliche, but we were anything but bored, and it really was quite a storm, at least for us California folks. Gusts of up to 87 mph were reported in Grand Haven, and I learned a new word: "seiche." The winds were such that the water level in Lake Michigan dropped 4 feet on the opposite side of the lake.
I'm hoping there are no more such "adventures" in store!!
PPS Notice how popular the word "Grand" is in the names of cities in Michigan . . . hmm . . .
PS Happy Sweet 16 Anthony!