Storm Came Through Our Park (Video)

We had a severe rain and wind storm a couple nights ago here at Pere Marquette Oaks RV Resort near Baldwin, Michigan.  We knew it was coming and went around the RV park to warn folks and tell them to take in their awnings and secure any lightweight items like plastic chairs and such.

The newscast said winds would be about 50-60 mph so we were expecting it, but it came up SO FAST!

Kathy was out just as the storm was moving into the area.  She was directing the ladies that were arriving to the clubhouse for the Ladies Golf Outing Dinner – showing them where they could park.

Sara and I went over to the pavilion to watch the storm – she and I always use to enjoy sitting on the porch or out in the garage watching a good storm – the more thunder and lightning the better.

Just as Kathy’s parking duties were done, she walked over to join us at the pavilion and then it hit – and the power went out. Good thing the ladies dinner was a pot-luck and the clubhouse has plenty of windows!

The video shows how strong the wind was, although it seemed a LOT worse there in person than it does on the video.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words … and these new digital cameras are amazing but still, they just don’t show the true enormity or depth of the experience in person.

The power was out from Tuesday about 7 pm when the storm hit and power was restored Wednesday night about 10:30. Since the park has well water, no power meant no running water either. Many of us keep some water in our fresh water holding tank so we could shower and use the commode, but had to make sure our gray and black water holding tank valves were closed so that nothing went into the park sewer system. If the power is out, then the sewer system pumps don’t work either.  Others took advantage of the 5 gallon buckets placed at the swimming pool so they could carry pool water back to their units so they could flush the commode.

I was told that one individual even took a bucket of water from the hot tub (still warm) to shower at the shower outside the bath house!

After the storm, many hands made light work as we cut up tree limbs and removed the debris down to “the pit” where it’ll all be burned during the winter when there’s no chance of starting a forest fire.

It’s all over now, but was plenty of excitement while it lasted and some sore backs and leg muscles after the cleanup was all done.
Many thanks to all that helped.

And now on to the Labor Day weekend festivities !!

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Super Windy at Judy & Bob’s !!!!!

So after we got back from some of our sightseeing on Saturday, we just sat on the back patio and Judy and Bob’s.  They have a beautiful home with an even more beautiful back yard.

Judy served us fresh-made iced tea and we sat under the patio umbrella and talked and shared family photos with each other.  It was an absolute gorgeous afternoon, about 80 degrees, but with a healthy “Breeze”.

After a few hours, we decided to step inside for a bit before heading back to the RV park for the night.  Just as we got inside we heard a large “Clunk-Clunk” on the roof.  We ran outside to see “what was the clatter” and, …. well, you’ll just have to check out the pictures to see for yourself.

Do you see what I’m talking about?  Fortunately, they had a young man neighbor next door who was willing to get up on the roof for us!

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The Wind & Patoka Lake State Park

Our first day on the road was a blustery one for sure!  Worked hard to keep the coach on the road during an all day windstorm with gusts to 65 mph.  We took the state routes instead of the interstates along the way so we could see more of midwestern Americana and spent our first night (down to 36 degrees) at Patoka Lake State Park

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Sendoff by the Gang

, in the Hoosier National Forest, just a few miles outside of Birdseye, IN.

The campground was nearly empty, and although we looked for an easy pull-through site (because we’re pulling the Saturn behind us), we only saw one and it was taken.  So we unhooked the car and backed the coach into a nice spot close to the campground entrance.

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Our spot at Patoka Lake State Park

We wanted to scope out the area before it got dark, so we drove to see the marina where they must have about 200-300 boat slips,
on-water cabins (moored full-time) along with the “Bunkhouse” Bar & Grill which was still closed for the season but we got to scope out the place and got a good view of the lake and marina from the deck of the bunkhouse.  This place has gotta be hoppin’ in the summer season!

Since it was getting close to dark, we drove just outside of the park and had dinner at “Two Sisters Cafe” where they served home cooked meals in a small dining room.  Kathy and I both had the deep-fried chicken strips and we got to try their home made “German Fries” which are a lot like skillet fried home fries, but they’re cooked with onion and bacon and lots of pepper — pretty tasty!

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