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Kicking Off Monsoon Season The Hard Way

July 18, 2017

You know what they say: when it rains, it pours…and sometimes you literally cannot see out of your car thanks to the monsoon storms! (Okay, maybe no one says that last part.) This past weekend was beyond crazy in hot, hot AZ, and while I certainly blame global warming, I also know that part of our insanity was thanks to the current monsoon season that we experience once a year. Think: over 100 degrees during the day without a cloud in the sky, shifting to super strong winds, buckets of rain, and dropping temperatures in the evening.

This may seem a bit extreme, but after this weekend, I’m not so sure.

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I spent all of Saturday at a film shoot with Alex (which I cannot WAIT to share!), and was covered in all kinds of artistic materials. On Sunday, Alex and his sister, Katie, joined my sister, Thea at the Arizona Grand Resort for a fun day at the waterpark! The temperature was perfect and we had a blast, then later it came time to drive home…

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Let me preface this by saying that I think I’m a pretty good driver and I am DEFINITELY a careful driver. As soon as we pulled away from the resort, the wind picked up. Alex figured it would be fine, so I hopped on the freeway and he was correct for the first 9 miles. As soon as we got close to home, the clouds opened up and rain poured down on us. I literally could not see the road, but also knew I couldn’t safely get to an exit. So I put my hazards on, drove about 20MPH, and all of us watched the road. By the time I got home, the streets were flooded downtown and we were drenched from the brief run from my car to my front door! Definitely would not recommend! (Also, our dog, Audrey freaks out about storms and always wants to climb on top of your head. See pics below!!)

That was my crazy start to the week. And while I was absolutely terrified driving home, I’m so beyond thankful to have had Alex (and Katie) with me. As soon as the rain was too much I turned to Alex and said, “I can’t see.” He calmly asked me questions and told me what a great job I was doing. And he reaffirmed my instincts as far as how to safely get home went. As cheesy as it sounds, I’m happy I had my rock with me during the storm.

 

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The entire top of a palm tree fell next to my work this morning!

What kind of weather are you having this summer? Here’s to hoping it’s not as insane as mine!

Xo, Willa

 

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