Friday, September 15

{CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures} Chapter 11: "Running (Flying) From Hurricane Harvey"

Back in March of 2016 we bought a little 1970's 4-seater Piper and we have had many fun flying adventures.  Interested in reading more of the {CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures}? PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3,  Chapter 4Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10Entire Series (newest posts first).

A special thanks to my husband Paul who flies the plane and edits all our videos. Please subscribe to his Texas Gooney Bird YouTube channel if you are interested in following our adventures. It would make his day!

When Hurricane Harvey was heading our way we were terrified. We weren't in the direct path where it hit as a Cat. 4 in Rockport, TX, but we were on the dirty side of the storm and the weather folks were predicting that it would head our way, stall, and drop over three feet of rain in some areas. This is a huge deal since Houston was built on a swamp and thus very flood-prone. And guess what, the weather folks were right.  We had almost 30 inches at our house over several days and one part of town supposedly had over 50 inches, a record for the continental US.

Our house is not in the part of our subdivision in the flood plain (the photo above shows our neighbors' houses that are next to the creek), but almost any house in our area can flood if several feet of rain get dumped on it during a short amount of time. Thankfully our house was fine this storm, but last year our Gooney Bird hanger flooded thanks to the ten inches of rain we had one afternoon and we were really worried that this storm could potentially turn her into a boat.

Unfortunately we couldn't move our house out of Houston, but we could move our plane and have one less thing to worry about. But where do we move her? Could we end up not flooding here as badly as predicted but, ironically, send her off somewhere where she floods? ARGGGHHH!

I don't have many photos of this flying adventure since I was sick with a horrible coughing disease and was incredibly anxious, but my (hot) husband Paul made a video all about our Hurricane Harvey-Gooney Bird adventures and you can watch it below or via this link.

You can read Chapter 12 of our adventures here!

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  1. I am glad your family is safe. Just wanted to drop in and thank you for all you do for photographers. I had to upgrade to a new laptop and splurged on elements 15. Decided to invest in your Mega pack and am so grateful for all the work you put into these actions. I am impressed so far that the loading of the actions was so much easier than it used to be ( I previously had elements 9). Love that my favorites are in the pack, like Little Perk and Express Eye Bright. And soooo many new ones to explore and learn. Once again, thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!

    1. Wow, thank you for your kind comments, you made my day!!! If you ever have ideas for new actions or storyboards please let me know. I am always looking for new inspiration.

  2. Hey Rita,

    Looks like the Gooney Bird had quite the adventure, as did all of you. So happy that everyone and the home and plane are all safe and sound and didn't get flooded.

    That was the first video that Paul has done that I have watched. It was interesting. He definitely does a great job of narrating and has the voice for it as well.

    Looking forward to new adventures down the road.


  3. never knew you were in Houston! nice to meet you! We also were super lucky Harvey didn't flood our home. But we did get stranded in our subdivision for 3 days so a plane would have been nice :)


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