This post is very long. It didn’t start out that way, but our day took an unexpected turn!! So this post is written in two parts…
Travel Day to Modoc COE Campground, SC
After two successive 105-110 degree days in Columbia, we packed up early and left Sesquicentennial State Park for a short 100 mile trip to Modoc, a Corp of Engineers campground on J. Strom Thurmond Lake.
As we approached the Georgia border,
The Savannah River marks the state line between Georgia and South Carolina. J. Strom Thurmond Lake was formed by the COE Dam along the Savannah River. We only went to the first exit in Georgia on I-20, then headed north and back into South Carolina to get to Modoc.
Just as we got off of I-20, we stopped at a Pilot gas station to fuel up. This was my first fill-up at a Flying J/Pilot with the truckers. To be honest, I was a little intimidated. The lady trucker next to me helped me through the process. I didn’t know that I needed “tractor” fuel?!?! I was looking for diesel. They had DEF right at the pump, but I didn’t need any. It’s probably a good thing since I guess I would have to move the motorhome up 30 feet after I filled up with diesel just to reach the hose for DEF. I wonder what everybody else does that needs DEF? I also didn’t like the idea of guessing how much to put on the credit card and charging that amount before I get fuel. Oh well, it all turned out fine as I charged $125 and that’s what it took to fill her up!!
We got to Modoc Campground and into site 41 just about noon. It was a short drive and easy travel day:o))
View to back patio
Our access to the lake
As you look back from the lake,
Yes, Baby is tucked in the shade behind those trees!!
The lake is way down.
Normally it would cover the red clay and sand :o((
You may have noticed that we have not set up the screen room or other outside stuff. Well, I neglected to mention that I wrenched by back this morning moving Nancy’s hand weights ;o(( All I did when we got here was plug in the electric and connect the water. Nancy got me some lunch, Aleve and an ice pack. We'll get the rest of our stuff set up later!! For now, Nancy said we have 14 days here to recoup and relax. Besides, we have a few days before the temperature drops below a 100 degrees. Won't be spending much time outside!!
The ice on my lower back felt good...
I think I’ll take a rain check on the heating pad;o))
Baby Got Her First Boo-Boo ;o((
We had settled in at Modoc. I spent the early afternoon writing the blog of our travel day and resting my aching back. About 4:15pm the skies across the lake got dark and the winds kicked up a bit. We watched some boats and skidoos running for cover. Nancy took a couple pictures of the white caps, a far cry from the beautiful calm lake we saw when we arrived.
Boat and Skidoos scrambling for cover
We had a little wind, but no rain at our site.
Then, at about 4:45pm, a sudden and severe storm hit us!! It came so quickly we couldn’t do a thing. The winds were over 40+ mph and the rain was beating us sideways. The winds got stronger and stronger until they were practically lifting our heavy motorhome of it’s jacks :o(((
That’s when it happened….
The sound and sight was petrifying, but the fallen tree actually help to hold us down in the wind!!!
Just as quickly as it started, it ended. The wind and the rain just went away!! Once we were sure things were over, Nancy went out and moved the car back in case the tree decided to fall any further.
We both could not believe what just happened. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit unnerved—I was!! Here we are standing in front of our home with a tree on the roof.
Thankfully, no one was hurt...
but I knew Baby had a Boo-Boo:o((
Just a few minutes after we got outside, park rangers came by to check on us and told us that shortly there would be people here to help us get the tree off the motorhome. Within an hour, a full crew with a bobcat (lift), chainsaws, and compassion arrived to help us out.
We needed to move Baby in order to get the tree down. However, we were afraid of doing more damage if the tree shifted.
They held the tree in place while I put the slides in, lifted the jacks (which lowered the motorhome) and backed up the motorhome as far as possible (about 10 feet).
They were still concerned that the tree might roll towards the motorhome windshield as it came down.
It was a good ending to a very scary event. Nancy and I just need to sit back, take a deep breath and thank our lucky stars!! Right now, we need a good nights sleep…….
I have mentioned before that I think Bill and I live a ‘charmed’ life. Well, now I know it for sure!!! When we arrived at MODOC, we spent quite a bit of time trying to decide where we wanted the motorhome positioned on the site. You know, up-back-up-back, left-right-left-right... Well, if Baby had been 6 inches further up-back or left-right, the damage would have been much worse. During the storm, I thought our 29,000 pound motorhome was about to be toppled in the wind when the tree crashed and pinned us down. Who would have thought a tree crashing on your home could be a good thing ;o)) No one was hurt anywhere in the campground and there is no damage that can’t be fixed. Yes, we really live a ‘charmed’ life!!!