I don't know what to call the storm that hit our SKP Park in Benson Tuesday, but here's what happened at our home site. A neighbor emailed us the pictures, so I will take neither credit nor blame for the quality.
The skirting on our trailer is blown out a little bit. We'll call the fellow who installed the trailer to see if he can tuck it in for us.
Our storage shed and our barbecue grill were toppled. Must have been quite a wind!
This big mesquite tree is on the lot next door. It used to provide some lovely shade for our back yard. Not any more. We were told the winds were up to 60 miles per hour!
From the original phone call we received, I thought we'd been really trashed, but the pictures calmed me down.
Then the neighbor forwarded all these other photos showing damage at other sites, and we are thanking our God that we didn't have more damage.
How did that wind knock down so many trees and cactus? Plants that are native to deserts like ours have very shallow root systems. Water doesn't go deep into the ground here, so the roots have to be just below the surface to grab all the moisture they can as soon as they can. A strong wind can do lots of damage!
We are also thankful that we aren't there to clean up right now. Another neighbor has volunteered to tidy up our site. We owe Roy and Sheila a steak dinner for that, maybe even a dozen cowboy cookies!
The sad thing is that, like us, most of these lot owners are probably far away from the park and will have to deal with the damage long distance or hurry home to take care of it themselves.
Welcome to an awkward day in ... Our Life on Wheels!