Sharon & Bill were just two of the tens of thousands of people displaced by the unprecedented flooding in southern Alberta in late June this year. Unlike most, whose homes were not on wheels, they were able to take theirs with them when the order came to evacuate.
Well, Riverbend is getting better. The campground staff are working hard to reconstruct roads and sites! We have been out a month now and our site is near being habitable, and we are being encouraged by the owners to “come home”. We have been promised gravel when they can get it!
For the past month we have set our rig on a grassy lawn, complete with 30 amp power, soft water, a dump station 5 km away, and a view to die for! All rent-free to boot!
Why on earth would we even consider going back? Some of our Riverbend friends have given up and are moving on, not only on, but away from the RV lifestyle completely. Renting apartments in safer areas and putting their rigs up for sale!
Sharon and I are not ready for that yet! We are part of a community in Riverbend and most residents are busy cleaning up and making life liveable again. We are so much more fortunate than many as we still have our “house” intact and we can replace many of the things we lost off the lot and in the shed.
Our view will be a little different but still great, our neighbors will be different, hopefully great, and we can look forward to some old diehards returning who, just by nodding their heads as you drive by, make you part of a community.
We are in for a summer and fall of dust and diesel fumes, big machines and noise and chaos, yet we are going back. Six summers have put their mark on us, and that is where our hearts are!
Life is good!