Hurricane Irene is barreling towards the north now.
The experts are expecting it to swipe the North Carolina coast, so today the town of Cary, NC decided to cancel their annual Lazy Daze Festival - the first cancellation in over 35 years of the festival.
I totally understand the decision. It's always best to err on the side of caution. But, I confess I am selfishly disappointed. I was really looking forward to my being there this year. I applied and was accepted in the spring, and it's been fun getting ready to go. My mom and I were all set to hit the road tomorrow.
I've heard from people who have done Lazy Daze that it is a great festival, in a great area. Cary is near Raleigh - not on the coast, but near enough to get wind and rain from a storm like this.
I have to commend the organizers with the City of Cary for the way they have handled this situation, and I hope to have the chance to be a part of Lazy Daze sometime in the future. Of course, in the big picture, a festival isn't a big deal, there will be other festivals and other years.
Having watched the forecasts all week, I know how unpredictable Irene has been. Maybe, she'll take a hard right and veer off to sea at the last minute. My prayers are with all of those in the path of this monster storm. It looks to be a long weekend for many.