On The Run From Irma


Hurricane Irma is classified as a Category 5 hurricane with wind speed at 183 mph. Irma was extremely powerful. The strongest observed in the Atlantic since, Wilma in 2005 in terms of maximum sustained winds. A few of the areas effected include Florida, Cuba and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

We delayed leaving due to the high level of uncertainty. Some of the locals or Floridians, told us that it would be no big deal. As long as we  had plenty of supplies we would be alright. But something just didn’t feel right.

Our families weren’t having  it. Our phones rang non stop. Our friends and family called to share their concerns. We have CNN and other news outlets to thank for that. They kept us updated even though we had the news on constantly staying up to date.

On Saturday, September 8, 2017 my family and I made the decision to leave home [Boynton Beach, Florida] and head to Atlanta, Georgia. Being from the Midwest we’ve never experienced the dangers of a hurricane. Yes, we’ve experienced ice storms and snow storms. But nothing like this.

Once on the road there were people everywhere. The highway was so packed drivers were using the shoulder an additional lane. It was like a scene in a apocalyptic movie. What should’ve been an 8 hour drive was more like a 12 hour drive. But we made it in one piece.

We decided to make the best of it as the Van Buren’s are known to do. The next day after getting plenty of rest we decided to see what Atlanta, Georgia had to offer.

We decided to visit the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.



The site consists of several buildings including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King was baptized located at 450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312. 


Portrait taken the day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral.



 Civil rights leader, Mahatma Gandhi



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. mug purchased from the gift shop.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visitor’s Center is dedicated to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. Visitors can hear his speeches, tour his childhood home and witness the dedication of a true hero.

I recommend families that are planning a trip to Atlanta, Georgia to include a visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s National Historic Site.  Don’t forget your cameras.

For more information visit: http://www.thekingcenter.org/


When arrived we found little damage. And for that we considered ourselves truly blessed.


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