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From the Crawford Update Blog
Monday, August 15, 2005
Getting Around in Crawford
So the Crawford Peace House is about a 3 mile hike from Camp Casey. It's serving as the HQ for most of the activity and planning. One of the major hurdles here in is parking. There isn't alot of it and most of it is illegal. Though we do have an excellent group of volunteers who are working to "coordinate vehicular movement," according to one woman. Most of that involves yelling out, "If yer drivin a white Dodge Stratus with Texas plates yer 'bout to git towed! Better get on your horse before you git a ticket." Ok...the emphasis was mostly me but I do have a thing for a good strong Texas accent. It looks like more and more folks are sharing rides (and they'll be a rideshare message board on the Meet With Cindy website in a few days I believe) or packing rental vans to get out here.
One of the more difficult challenges about organizing an event like this in southeastern Texas is the weather. I don't know how else to say this: it's freakin hot. I stepped out of the car this morning at the Crawford Peace House and for the first time in my life I really felt as if I had stepped into a 300-degree oven. Shade is your friend out here and the intense summer thunderstorms that rip through now and again keep things relatively cool afterwards.
So...we're all drinking copious amounts of water. I don't think I've ever seen so much bottled water around an demonstration such as this. Everywhere you look there are flats of water, Gatorade, soda and more water. Most folks have holsters in order to carry more than one bottle of water at a time. The key here is this: activists themselves are bringing in the water, paying for the extra water, and going out to get more when a thirsty mouth arrives from the latest action. Tim Goodrich, one of the Iraqi vets against the war, usually is seen with his army-issued Camelbak. If you're on your way out here...bring a water bottle.