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RETREET CONTINUES TO REPLANT WIMBERLEY, TX!
Over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend, more than 12 inches of rain fell along the watershed of the Blanco River. In just a few short hours, the river rose in Wimberley from roughly 5 feet to a crest just over 41 feet, far above the 13 feet flood stage and well past the all-time peak level of 32 feet set in 1929. Tremendous flash flooding ensued as a result.
Entire blocks of homes in Wimberley were swept away by a "tidal wave of water" (The Wall Street Journal). Officials reported 320 homes destroyed in the town and 12 people lost their lives. Many of the centuries-old trees that lined the riverbank and formed a major part of Wimberley's identity were reduced to piles of rubble.
Last year, RETREETers began to make a major impact in Wimberley. They planted 206 trees at 37 home sites alongside 45 local volunteers, and left an important psychological, economic, and visual legacy that will last for generations to come. The time has come for another round!
Surveying severe damage along the Blanco River in Wimberley, TX, with local partners.
RETREET staff will be based out of Cypress Creek Cottages (104 Scudder Lane, Wimberley). If you would like to stay with us (outdoor hot tubs!), you should call to book a cottage directly. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cottages accommodate 2-6 people. If you need help making arrangements or want to share a cottage with another RETREETer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also many other lodging options in town, including camping! SEE ACCOMMODATIONS.
7:00PM - Group Dinner at The Leaning Pear (111 River Road #110, Wimberley).
9:00AM SHARP - Meet for a tree planting demonstration at The Waters Point (13401 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley), after which small groups will be formed and sent to plant trees at homes. Work will last all day. NOTE: Apple Maps and some other applications may take you to the wrong address. Use Google Maps and type in The Waters Point. It's near the intersection of 3237 and Ranch Rd 12. Look for a sign that says Rio Bonito Resort!
6:30PM - Group dinner at The Waters Point (13401 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley), prepared by Laura & Justin of La Cucina di Afrodita, who are traveling all the way from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to cook for us!
PM - Group dinner in town.
We plan to ride bicycles around Wimberley on Friday (24th) and Monday (27th). Come early and/or stick around after the planting if you want to join!
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**Registration funds are entirely spent to cover the costs of participation in the events listed above, and are collected ahead of time to reduce those costs and ensure greater participation rates.
*IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP TO ATTEND, DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK!
*PLEASE READ WHAT TO EXPECT.
*A number of vehicles will leave from Dallas at several points during the week leading up to WIMBERLEY RETREET II. If you would like a ride, or need a bag or bike brought down for you, please email email@example.com.
*Please email travel itineraries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*We will try to source bicycles for RETREETers who need them. Please email email@example.com if you want to be counted in that number.
The Home Depot, Keep Wimberley Beautiful, Myers Concrete Construction, City of Wimberley, and Hays County Chapter Texas Master Naturalists, H-E-B
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RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.