Cave Dwellings: Now this was too close!!
Cave Dwellings

Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Friday, April 10, 2009

Now this was too close!!

OK...last night was an adventure, to say the least. We knew there was a tornado watch for our county and surrounding counties. Den and I sat by the fire until about 7:30PM, and kept our computer set to the Texarkana radar. I decided it was time for dinner, so I came in to get it ready and took a quick look at the radar..HMMMMM....One huge blob of red moving right toward our lake...I called outside to Den.."You better take a look at this...". His comment when he saw the radar was,"Holy crap!".
We proceeded outside to put our chairs, flag, spinners and anything that may blow away ..inside the truck or inside the camper. I noticed alot of people aroundus were were doing the same..and there was a pretty steady group moving toward the shower house just up the hill from our campsite.Here is the shower house from our camper...just up the hill..
We looked at the radar one more time, blew out the candles I had burning inside ,and walked through our "backyard" toward the shower house, wine and beer in hand. There was a group gathering outside of it, some on cell phones, checking on family, and some had weather radios..I think every damn one of them was related to the others...except us..But we were warmly greeted by all...(imminent disaster brings people together).
We all listened as the weather radio reported rotation headed toward Atlanta ( a little town just South of the lake..NOT in Georgia!)..and we decided to move into the stone building..right next to the urinals, I might add. The wind came up a bit...and we saw a familiar truck moving down the park road toward us...Jimmy Jones just couldn't resist hollaring at us, "Y'all better roll up your pantlegs...This one is gonna be a turd floater!"..Thank you so much for the warning, Jimmy. We all laughed and he went back up the hill to their shelter.
To make a long story short, we didn't get the brunt of the storm..It split and some went South, some went North. We woke up this morning, turned on the news and found that the town of Mena, Arkansas, just about 50 miles North of here got hit bad by the twister that missed us..2 people dead and 23 injured..We were lucky ...again. But, hey, we got another chance at some severe weather Saturday or Sunday, so maybe we will enjoy the company of others at the shower house again..
Ya just gotta love Tornado Alley in the spring!! I will blog more later...from who knows where????

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