Well last year was Iggy's year with the 3 huricanes. This year seems to be mine with a sever northeaster that's taken down 3 trees in the last 3 days (storm is due to hang around for a few more days)As some of you know my brother (bite me), his family and my mother are vacationing in france. Monday after noon I took them to the airport. Monday night (10 pm) there was a loud pop then a crash in the back yard. With flash lights from the house I was able to determine that it was an old tree in the back yard that 'had' the dog run on it (force of tree going down shot the eye hook from the tree against the house) Tuesday after work I come home to find a 80+ foot tree hanging on a branch of another tree over hanging my sunfish sail boat, rowboat and trailer in the front yard. I had to wait 2 hours till a neighbor got home so I could have someone call for help if it came down on me while rescueing the boats. This morning (wed) I get up at 5:30 am to find the driveway (well it's a 300 foot bridge actually) totally blocked by a 40 foot tree (that also just missed my brother's car but managed to hit my other brother's hobicat sail boat. My only route around this mess was to skirt the swamp and attempt to get to the neighbors driveway. Well I didn't make it. My beast of a van is now stuck between yet 2 more trees :( . I'm now waiting to see if I can get towed out of the yard/marsh to the neighbor's driveway. When I finally get out I'll grab my camera from my shop and post some pictures. Hopefully 3 will be my magic # as well this year. But looking at the bright side, I now have some time to get some wildwest work done (unless I loose power) :eek:
Dude Dragon - I'm very sorry to hear that. Hopefully the tow truck will get there soon. in the meantime, have yourself a saspirilla while the power is on and they are still cold. :) I wish I was local enough to help clear the trees with you. Cutting up trees and brush with a good sharp axe has got to be one of the more rewarding outdoor activities.
What Dragon did not mention here is..... [color=red]IT WAS MY CAR IN THE DRIVEWAY!!!!:mad:[/color] Oh sure I go to France and have 80 degree sunshine but..... I entrusted my truck to Dragon and look what he does!!! Drops a tree on it!!:bawl:
As Promised the images First the house that I'm house sitting at: Monday's tree: Tuesday's Tree: (Note my sailboat, rowboat & trailer, all were under that hanging monster.) Wednesday's Tree (the bad one, 3 part image) Detail of bite me's car (another foot to the left and it would have been totaled :eek: ) My other brother's (town drunk) Hobicat boats weren't as lucky: (on a positive note between where I was standing and to my right were the Power boat and my big sail boat both of which were just launched last week) the bridge took a serious hit but is still structurally sound (though several of the 3x3 L beams (1/2" thick steel) were severly bent but these held the guardrail): My attempted escape route (was a very high tide this morning and water was up to the top of the hay bails) Needless to say my big beast of a van didn't make it through the soft earth. Also to note that shortly after I posted the initial post we lost power as a large branch took out all three main power lines a few miles down the road totally closing it off as well.
dam 10 file limit Detail of the bridge:
brutal dragon, glad the trees went after the vehicles and not you!
u gotta watch them tree's they dont like people to much - they will get you if they can - after all we cut em down and make paper products why shouldnt they cut us down and make soil outta us (lol)
being serious though -- sorry to see all that dragon - hopefully insurance covers most of the damages - (hopefully u Had insurance)
good luck with clean up
wow...what a mess! couldv'e been alot worse, but that looks bad enough. ya think dave had some inside knowledge and planned his trip around the storm?
Took out a chunk of the guard rail! :eek:
Anyone remember "Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handey on Saturday Night Live? One of my favorites went something like this: "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." I'm glad no one was hurt Dragon. Good luck on the clean-up effort.. I'd bring over my chain saw, but it would be quite a drive from Iowa (gas prices being what they are, and all..) See you in the WW!