The 4th of July has arrived. Lotís of plans to take the Tís out for parades and celebrations but there is a problem, the heat!!! Patsy and I, as well as few brave others, decided to go for the Round Top parade and the one in Independence. Round Top proved to be an outstanding parade despite the heat. There were approximately 130 entries in the line up and Paul Spitzenberger won 2nd place with his Model T entry. There were thousands of people lined up for the parade, and yes, it was quite hot, but that is July. I noted there were quite a few of the more modern cars that overheated; however, the model A and T cars did quite well.
Our July 4th happiness ended at 8 pm Saturday night when we got a call from our friends in the Columbus area telling us that our 50 acre tract was on fire. Some careless kids were using fireworks in that heavily wooded area that started a fire that consumed almost 2000 acres of pine wooded forest. The smoke clouds, according to the forestry service, were estimated to be 30, 000 feet tall! The smoke created its own thunderhead. The fire was controlled after about 3 days of work by bulldozers building fire lanes and doing back burns. The original fire started just about 100 yards from our place, and thanks to our good friends in the Columbus area and the fire department, most our property was spared, primarily because it was where the trucks and fire department were able to enter to get to the fire and set up a control base. We were very fortunate.
The fall season will be here shortly and it will be time to start touring again. Get those cars ready and enjoy them by driving in some of the upcoming events that Jennifer has planned. Ben and Nancy are back in town so make sure to come out to the meetings to hear about their traveling adventures.
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