Saturday, May 21, 2011

2011 - The winter that caused havoc at the mountain

Today Chad and I took a ride up to the Mountain to see what damage there was and to do what we could.  Of course, the road is washed out but man, you can't visualize the damage from a picture or video.  Here's when we arrived:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ujqs_cr-X44 (When you watch these videos, in the lower right corner change to full screen mode and its MUCH more realistic)

We walked over down to the trailers and found a lot of water running under them like Ryan said...it's because the little stream that acted like a refridgerator was damed up so it couldn't run through the pipe.  Chad cleard that out and got the water running where it was supposed to, and he dug a ditch around the front of our trailer, and that's no longer a problem.   We next walked over to the deck to find....a totally smashed deck.  A part of a tree had fallen right on it and smashed it down.  Here's the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfJNElmNkw0

We next walked down to stream below the landslide.  You can see where it slid up the other side of the hill and damed the stream until the water must have broke through.  Quite a bit of rubble downstream.  Here's a video from below but again, it doesn't show how huge it is.  As I pan to the right and you can see the bank next to the slide rember that it's about 7-8 feet high.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPSYnbEuCbE  There's no way to repair that road by dumping dirt down it...it would just go to the stream and get washed away.  A new road has to be built around it.  Even the road that's left shows signs of sluffing off.  There are big cracks on both sides of the slide area for quite a way down the road.   It's kinda scary.  Where I parked the jeep there are cracks about 20 feet behind it that I didn't notice until I got out.  It's really unstable.

Here's another shot from farther away:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbe20aUSjAU

Here are some still pictures of the damage:  CLICK HERE

I turned on the water but soon found there was damage to the water pipes by the bath house so we had to turn off the water again.  I'll have to fix that next trip up.  Oh..one other bit of damage.  Somehow the mattress that was standing against the wall in the big trailer fell over against a window and shattered it. :-\  I'll just take up some wood and/or cardboard and duct tape to temporarily fix that with, then fix it permanently when I get time.   HOWEVER, it was sure beautiful up there.  The air was clean and crisp and the sound of the clear flowing water and little bits of life springing out of the ground.  It made me want to spend a week.

6 comments:

Marilyn said...

Made you want to spend the week? Well, I would say that you would need a week to get some of that taken care of! What about the water running under the big trailer? You made no mention of that

Gramps said...

Finally something to back up my claim that you never listen to what I say! ;-) I'll copy/paste it for you:

"We walked over down to the trailers and found a lot of water running under them like Ryan said...it's because the little stream that acted like a refridgerator was damed up so it couldn't run through the pipe. Chad cleard that out and got the water running where it was supposed to, and he dug a ditch around the front of our trailer, and that's no longer a problem. "

Cambrie said...

Craziness! I wish I could have been a bird observing all of this happen. weird. Probably expensive to put in another road (?)

Gramps said...

I talked to Ryan and he said when he was up there the previous week, the deck was fine.

Erica said...

Don't mess with Mother Nature, that's all I can say! Crazy. It's amazing nothing happened to the trailers.

Brett said...

Yeah, that is lucky/crazy that the trailers are okay (knock on wood...)