Just a quick post to tell you we are going to have to go to New Mexico in order to get out of the path of the storm. There were no hotels between here and there, nor were there any between here and Tennessee, which was our other option, that are available. Unbelievable. Between the Katrina refugees and everyone trying to get out for Rita, there just wasn't anything left. Dallas and Ft. Worth will get a large part of the tropical winds once Rita makes landfall, as will San Antonio, so those are not an option. Anything south is out, most things north are out, and east would be good if it already hadn't been beaten up by Katrina. Therefore, we're going to make a brutal 10 hour drive first thing in the morning and go as west as we can get in one day, and that's Whites City, NM. Hope the name isn't an indication of our welcome there (har har).
The good thing is it is near Carlsbad Caverns, a place I've always wanted to visit, so we'll spend a day or two doing that.
Take care, wish us luck that our house is still standing since we didn't have any plywood to board it up, and it has glass windows all the way around the house (21 of them) and two skylights. Pretty much we expect to see an oak tree sticking out of some part of the house when we get back--we're hoping for minimal damage so we can come home sooner rather than later.