Living through yet another SCARY STORM!!

Trip Start May 01, 2013
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Trip End May 01, 2014


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I used to always say that Hilton Head Island is "weather boring"...well how I wish I were bored. Last night was the second major storm we weathered in 3 nights.  The first was on "the little house on the prairie" and the other was here in Presho, SD.  We specifically ask now when we check in - "Do you have a storm shelter" - and last night I was seriously considering getting into one.  But the idea of getting pelted with marble sized hail, heavy winds, driving rain and lighting flashing all around us, I decided that at least "dry" is good!

Our night started out great and then all hell broke loose around 11:00 p.m. central time.  At first it was the wind - which blows on a constant basis anyway - but it was howling and had to be steady at at least 25mph (I heard today that they clocked one gust at 85mph).  The coach began to really sway and it felt like we could be tipped, so Nick pulled in the big slide and then it helps with the resistance.  Just about as he was deciding on whether or not to do the slide, it began to hail and very heavily.  Of course we have a metal roof so the sound is magnified two fold.  We did get the slide in safely and the rocking started to subside somewhat.  Just then the hail turned to a combination of hail and heavy rain with the rain finally taking over and the thunder and lighting all around us.  The lighting was more the flash variety than the bolts, and it literally lit the ground up to look like daylight.  The storm lasted for 2 1/2 hours at a pretty steady pace.  This morning we checked for damage and one of our black tank hoses was full of holes...luckily we went into their small town this morning to mail a couple of letters and we were talking with the postmistress asking about internet in the area and she told us that the library has some and that if we wanted, we could do it there in the post office and she would set up some chairs for us.  There was another gentleman in the post office, and we began speaking with him and Nick asked if there was a place to buy a new hose without having to travel all the way back to Pierre or even to Rapid City (neither of which is within 100 miles) and he said that he had a hose on his camper and he would go get it and give it to us -  so off he went and came back to give it to us and offered for us to come to his office and use his internet and so that is where we are now.  His name is Mike Springer and it just so happened that he is the Mayor here!  There are angels all around us!!!!

We were at the car wash and another fella started talking to nick - he saw the South Carolina license and asked Nick where he lived and Nick told him and he said Oh, I run a hunting business here and I have a client who comes here every year from Hilton Head.  So Nick said really what's he name and it turned out to be Rusty Hilderbrand (who runs one of the other HHI Water Departments)  Is this a small world or what?

 So today we are appreciative of this tiny town of Presho and all the folks who live here and have been so kind to us.  Thanks folks.  Only three photos for far and not great, but you'll get the "picture" of what we saw.

 Tomorrow we are at the Badlands Cedar Pass Campground for 5 days. I am so looking forward to seeing that part of this great country....see ya...
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Basil and Karin on

WOW, what a night! We are so excited traveling with you by blog and so continue to live vicariously. Back home one can smell the storm coming - have you had that with the storms you have experienced? That destination thing is a 'man' thing - Karin has to remind me all the time. " If we don't stop NOW we will not have any pics for our memories when our minds are gone"! Enjoy natures moods!

Avery on

WOW....I thought HHI thunder storms were bad.....you must have felt like Dorothy in the Wizard!!!! Terrfic you met so many nice people...they are out there...if you look hard enough. Please be safe.

Ruth Ann on

OK this place makes Alaska weather wonderful. Hold on to your hats. Nick start working on slowing down. I am waiting for the bear and moose pictures.

Claudia on

Oh, the Places you'll go and the People you'll meet! It's the PEOPLE. Those angels that show up when you're not expecting them. Can't imagine being in a coach with that kind of storm. Another adventure to laugh at when we're in "The Home" as our kids say!

Mike Zee on

5/28/13 Sometimes I think you're making this all up!!!! Really interesting! t Love, Cousin Mike Zee

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jerrygolfboyer on

Yes, strange and wonderful things do happen. My latest pales compared to your adventure stories.

Just tonight we were in Outback for dinner with another couple. My phone "chirp" noise, meaning I just got an email, is something I often ignore for a while. There was a lull in the conversation so I thought I'd take a quick check...........it was an Outback coupon! Our server had us forward it to her on-site manager. He printed it and took the $5 off the bill!

Like I said --- it pales. But. It was strange and wonderful anyway.

Jean Hanzl on

Sandy (and Nick), you just had me sitting on the edge of my seat, holding on. Your post was gripping and I almost felt we were in the coach across the way sharing with you. We have been a bit concerned about you with all the terrible weather that went on in the middle of our country. Continue on your terrific trek and have many joys. Keep posting! Jean (and Z)

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