2017 North Carolina Mountains travel blog

Storm 1 - just missed us!

Storm 2

Storm 3 - it did get into the slide and awning a...

Storm 4 - the neighbor next door wasn't so lucky

Storm 5 - the tree bounced off her slide and landed on...

Storm 6 - the next unit down had a limb across the...

Storm 7 - limbs blown on to the park owner's barn

Storm 8 - the lower part of the park was strewn with...

Storm 9 - this fiver had damage to the top and awning...

Storm 10 - this fiver was hit from the rear by a...

Storm 11 - awning pretty well destroyed

Storm 12 - from behind you can see the large trees that...

Storm 13 - the one on the left is the one knocked...

Storm 14 - a large branch lost on another tree behind those

Storm 15 - another tree came down in the horse pasture next...


Well, we had a little excitement Saturday night. Just before midnight the park was hit with a large downdraft of straight-line winds that knocked several trees down and blew large limbs into many of the campers. Luckily, the Mothership was barely missed by a large limb that did manage to get into our slide and window awning a bit but no real damage. Our neighbor had a tree hit her slide and then topple on down on top of her car, completely covering it. When it hit her slide, it knocked all the decorative fascia on the inside off and a large wooden piece hit her in the head necessitating a visit by paramedics and she was taken to the hospital for overnight observation and a CT scan. She was fine and came back to the campground Sunday morning.

This is all on the upper part of the park where we are. The lower part got hit much harder with several rigs receiving damage that may total them pending an insurance claim. Our camp host had one slide damaged considerably by a flying limb and several other rigs had trees fall on them as well. There are about four of them now covered in blue tarps. We even made the local TV news Sunday!

Needless to say the park has been a bustle of activity Sunday and today trying to get it cleaned up and the damaged rigs protected. Everyone in the park pitched in and helped the owner with the cleanup. So far he has taken four large dump-truck loads of tree limbs to the dump and that only includes the skinny limbs as all the large timber has been cut and kept for firewood. This park is like your old childhood neighborhoods in that everyone knows everyone else and pitches in to do whatever is necessary in times like this.

We are going to have a car show here June 3 to benefit Fisher House at Fort Bragg so trying to get the park cleaned up is a big priority.

Oh, and amid all of this we still managed to watch the Lady Gators softball team win the Super Regionals and advance to the women's College World Series starting June 1 in Oklahoma City! We attended this event in 2008 (check our 2008 blog) and had a blast. It was just too hot to try it again.

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