April 2, 2016.
This was a bit of an adventurous day.
The plan was to park downtown, walk for 30 minutes, and end up at one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. We were all hungry, but the thought of the delicious food at the end of the walk kept us energized.
We started on a lovely, character-filled trail.
My husband and daughter took advantage of the wind, and tried a few flying races.
Towards the end of the walk, we passed a restaurant where an alarm was going off. Several people were standing outside. Though we couldn't quite figure out what was going on, we just kept walking, grateful that our plan wasn't to eat at that location.
We noticed a few more odd scenes as our walk finished, such as a crane that had fallen (but thankfully missed damaging anything) during a recent storm.
Undeterred by the scenery and even more determined to get to our dinner, we happily carried on. (Some of us, a little more carried than others.)
When we arrived at the restaurant, we discovered that it was quite empty (oddly). Within a few seconds, we realized why: there was no power. Staff and patrons milled about, chatting idly.
When we asked someone about the expected return time for power, we were told that it was not only out over huge parts of the town (hence the malfunctioning fire alarm that had sent everyone outside at the other restaurant), but over many areas in the state as well.
We ended up enjoying a drink, at least...then heading home for our dinner.
You win some, you lose some. Regardless of our change of plans for dinner...I would definitely call this afternoon a win.