Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

And the Winds Came..

Last night we had our first experience with extreme winds. We had rain off and on all day and the weather report said there would be gusty winds the next day from 6 am to 7 pm eastern time. Well the rain stopped early in the night and I thought the worst was over. Ha Ha, little did I know when we went to bed for the evening around 11 pm, the worst was yet to come. The wind started picking up. Boy did it begin to pick up. I got up and lowered the satellite and upon Gerri’s strong suggestion, I also looked at the weather on the internet and guess what, we were under a tornado watch until 7 the next morning. Boy what a difference a few hours can make. I guess the winds came in early. The net said the gusts would be around 40 mph and by the way our motorhome shook, it must have been every bit of that or even more at times.

The winds would not let up, it was relentless and constant. The awnings over our slides made a terribly loud noise, so we got up and brought the slides in. So in they came with all the ambiance of boondocking. I walked out several times to check the wind noise for that famous train sound and check out the coach and trees around us. Luckily no train sound, whew!! All trees where in the upright position which is the way we like them.

Gerri and I decided that getting dressed might be a great idea just in case we wanted to flee to the bathhouse for safety. After we got dressed we laid back down on the bed hoping the winds would stop or at least die down. About 2:30 am we checked the weather on the internet again and saw we had one more bad cell coming thru. Estimated time was 4 am. We drifted in and out of sleep from 3:20 – 4:30 at which time the last bad cell arrived. We were so exhausted by this time we must have fallen sound asleep during the passing of this cell because the next thing we both remembered was our son calling us at 8:30 to say “good morning.” You just gotta love it!! He didn’t even know we had a storm.

What a difference a few hours can make. The rest of the day was beautiful, the sun came out and the temperatures went to about 72 degrees. It was a rough start but a beautiful ending. As they say, “its not how you start that counts, it’s how you finish.” We hope you had a great finish!!


  1. Oh my gosh! What a night you had with the heavy winds. We were under a tornado watch once in Mississippi and it wasn't fun at all. I'm glad you survived in good fashion and that those trees did, indeed, stay upright.

  2. We know how you feel. The wind storm blew through here in New Mexico on Monday...wild and relentless. Glad you made it through without any damage.


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