Day 161: The Tribe Survives the Chilling Blast of Winter

It has been 10 days since my last entry and much has occurred regarding the tribe, the beginning of which occurred last Saturday, one day following my last posting.  I shall describe the events in order and to the best of my recollection since much has happened to the tribe in these ten short days.

A normal occurrence of weather for the region the tribe is located in is colder temperatures and an increased opportunity for frozen precipitation.  The foliage around the tribal abode has indeed been changing to a variety of colors, mostly resembling earth tones.  With the changing of said foliage comes the pick-up of their descent to the ground.  Like a blanket over the land, these leaves cover the ground wherever they land in great quantity.  A usual occurrence for this season is to not see frozen precipitation until much later in the second to last month of the calendar year, perhaps even the last month of the year.  However, this season, for whatever reason, frozen precipitation fell early – and with it came power failure.

Saturday evening, after returning from an excursion to obtain uncooked food sustenance for the tribe, the tribal leader and I began preparing the evening’s sustenance for us and the natives.  Prior to this event, and while on our excursion, frozen precipitation began to fall rapidly causing slick transportation surfaces and a white coating over vehicles and other modes of transportation.  Intelligence gained prior to this frozen precipitation reported that with this strange, unseasonal occurrence could come the opportunity for widespread power outages due to wind and heavy precipitation.  And, true to form, whilst preparing the sustenance to be cooked, the power indeed failed and the tribal abode was plunged into darkness.

Quickly, the tribal leader went about, lighting candles to provide some ambient light to, at the very least, see by.  Soon, the heat would be decreasing and the tribe and I would need to make arrangements to either flee to a different location or hunker down to stay the night in the cold abode.  Before making our decision, the tribal leader sent me forth to obtain sustenance for the tribe.  On my excursion, I noted that the power failure was indeed widespread; many abodes along the way were darkened and the frozen precipitation was falling harder and harder.  I gained sustenance for the tribe and myself and returned after a time to the tribal abode.

By this time, the tribal leader was beginning to consider fleeing to the tribal elders, a journey that would indeed by long and difficult.  We resolved to make the trip and gather the necessary essentials for ourselves and the natives.  Gathering both natives and their belongings, we retreated to the tribe’s mode of transportation and began our journey.  The journey was indeed long and difficult, but soon we reached our destination.  Along the way, though, we observed multiple power lines and trees on fire; one even exploded from the weight of the frozen precipitation.

The following day, there was a meeting of the tribes – a meeting which had its location moved because the tribal elders lost their power as well.  This meeting featured a thanksgiving of sorts, with multiple dishes and enough sustenance to choke a large equine.  Even though the event did not occur as was originally planned, all of the natives enjoyed themselves.

The outage lasted three days; and all three days we were lodged by the tribal elders.  Upon being informed of the power being restored to the tribal abode, we began the trek back.  Arriving at the tribal abode we observed multiple trees down and damage throughout the area surrounding the abode, with very little, if any, damage to the tribe’s living structure.  Most of the sustenance in the refrigeration apparatus required being discarded due to the multiple days without electricity.  This prompted a return to the market to obtain more sustenance, replacing what had been lost.

In retrospect, the whole occurrence could have been worse.  The tribe indeed survived the first chilling blast of winter and at little cost overall.  The natives appeared to enjoy the extended stay with the tribal elders, though I believe they are pleased to be back at their tribal abode.


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