1637Re: If a tree falls in the woods..
- Jun 1 9:05 PMChicken!!! Coy Boy throwin rocks from the safty of his living room.
--- In email@example.com, karens62@a... wrote:
> Ed and I had planned to hike Mt. Mitchell this weekend, spending
the night n
> ear the top and coming home today. Yesterday morning's
> rains and forecasted winds of 80 mph on top of the mountain
> plans! After a fun visit to Linville Caverns, we walked the mile
up Table Rock
> from the parking lot, enjoying the sun which was finally peeking
out from the
> clouds. The wind was pretty fierce and we were still a few
thousand feet lower
> than our original destination. Sitting on the rocks on top of the
> well worth any discomfort the wind brought, but I was glad we had
> our plans.
> Since I was still craving a night in the hammock, we found a
pulloff in the
> forest and hunted for a place to hang the hammocks for the night.
After a short
> search, narrowing it down from a few options, we settled on three
> trees and set up the two hammocks side by side. We're finally
> two tarp technique figured out, if we can only remember what we
did the last
> time! (you can see pics under Ed's Doubles in the photo section -
the ones from
> yesterday aren't posted yet)
> After all this hard work, a short nap was in order but, alas, was
not to be.
> As we settled down, we heard the cracking of a BIG tree nearby.
> definitely deserved a closer look, we got up and saw that, while
we were in no
> danger, the tree still hadn't fallen all the way but was being
held up by some
> smaller trees. As we watched, the wind gusts rocked the tree and
> finally, sent it crashing to the ground! WOW - that was loud!
That's when we
> realized this wasn't a dead tree, but a LIVE tree! Apparently
beetles had eaten a
> weak spot in the trunk about 20 feet off the ground and weakened
it enough that
> the gusts sent it toppling. I had heard trees fall in the middle
of the night,
> and we all know Ed's checkered history with falling trees, but it
was quite a
> surprise to see one crash down in broad daylight with clear
skies. That was
> the excitement for the night, we thought.
> After dinner we settled back into the hammocks for the night. When
I got up
> to readjust mine, Ed was nice enough to point out that
the "double" tree I had
> my foot tied to was actually one live tree and one dead tree.
> it'll be fine, really it will. After all, I'm tied to the live
one, not the dead
> one. He settled down to a deep sleep with no clue that I was
> feeling the hammock shudder each time the gusting wind knocked the
> against the live tree. So, over the next hour and a half, I
worked myself up into
> a state of extreme anxiety, all the while trying to convince
myself that this
> tree had been dead for a very long time and hadn't fallen yet.
> are the odds of two trees falling in that close a range in one
> right? But, what if this is a premonition and I am ignoring it?
Would Ed at least
> survive to tell my family how I had been pierced by a falling
tree? He's got
> an affinity for falling trees and hadn't been hit by one yet;
perhaps I would
> be protected by proximity? Luckily, before I self-destructed, he
woke up and
> made the mistake of asking how I was. Within 15 minutes, we were
packed up and
> on the road home. What a guy! We even stopped to check out the
> Mountain Lights on the way home, but the ghosts apparently all had
> off. So much for spending the night in the hammocks, but I was
glad I listened
> to my gut feelings. Now I can only hope that when we revisit that
> find that tree has fallen and I was right! And yes, next time, I
not only will
> look up, but I'll really spend time making sure the tree isn't
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