Merge Point

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I’ve been driving Hwy 1 east and west between Abbotsford, Chilliwack and beyond on my way to see friends and for pleasure drive.  In the Summer time this highway is super busy.  The speed is posted at 100km but around the clover leafs, exits and entrances to the freeway it gets bogged down. Why?  People don’t know how to merge into traffic.  I have seen drivers pull out into traffic doing 60km. Talk about slam on the brake time.  It’s a miracle that person did not get hit.  If you are merging behind this slow driver you have to say a prayer for yourself too.

Hats off to all the big rig drivers who pull into the left lane when they see traffic merging if they can. Love the over head lighted signs that say, “Leave the cell phone alone. Focus on the road.”

It’s never a good idea to ride right beside a semi and trailer.  They can’t see you.  I saw one woman with a van full of kids riding right in the truck’s blind spot.  She did this for a long time and no one could pass her.  The Semi’s do the speed limit or just above and ride in the right lane.  I was  the one who scooted up to her rear and got her moving out from beside the semi.  Scary stuff.  I think she wanted the shade. Still if he wanted to move over she would have been in danger.

With this said summer is over and the highway only has the occasional traveler other than trucks and people going about their business.  Happy Trails to you.

Tractor unit hauling tractor units in Idaho

Tractor unit hauling tractor units in Idaho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Tremulous

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West coast of British Columbia Canada is part of the ring of fire. A major earthquake can happen any time.  Are we ready. NOT!  This part of the world has a major plate and pressure release system for the earths crust.  We are fortunate that most of the quakes are out at sea under the water or near un populated areas. Yes we have Tsunami sirens that warns everyone to get to higher ground.  We have had inland quakes but in my life time there have only been a couple that have been notable.  We get tremors quite frequently and mostly go unnoticed by the population as we are use to them.

A 7.7 earthquake rocked Haida Gwaii in October 2012, the strongest recorded in Canada since an 8.1 shaker hit the same area in 1949, but no damage was reported.

Evacuation kit (grab-and-go kit)

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Every person in your family should have their own customized evacuation kit at home, in their car and at work. Keep the kits by the front door, in the trunk, where they will be easy to find if you need to evacuate quickly.

Check this site for further information on Earth Quake Preparedness

http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/make-an-emergency-kit.aspx

http://www.redcross.ca/what-we-do/emergencies-and-disasters-in-canada/for-home-and-family/get-a-kit

  • Think about being prepared
  • Make sure your family and friends know your plan
  • Contact your children’s school or daycare to find out their plans for evacuation
  • Gather items to grab in an emergency. Back pack is the best solution to store items.
  • If you are not prepared at least grab a blanket to stay warm.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Stay calm
  • Deal with it

Discuss your plans with your friends and family in case of a disaster.  The more you know about your friends and families plans the easier it will be to find them when disaster strikes.  Plan what you will do and where you will go.  Try and cover all possibilities and time frames.  Parents who work need to find out what plans their children’s school or daycare have in order to find their children. It will be back to nature until things calm down so learning how to camp and survive is not a bad idea.  Above all don’t panic and remain calm.  It happened and now deal with it.

Walk softly upon the earth. Go quietly into the night. Take care.