Saturday, April 2, 2011

Just Hangin' Out...

We drove into Norman today to check out the business district and get our bearings for finding our way around. It's not as big as I envisioned it to be but will make it easy to navigate and get our work done.

We are really enjoying our site, next to the lake. This little guy lives in the tree outside our window and is really fun to watch. He pops up out of a hole in the tree. I think he was taking a little siesta here.

When we arrived yesterday, Terry told us that the campground took a direct hit from a tornado last May. Several areas were destroyed by the tornado and they are still in the process of rebuilding these areas. The marina was completely destroyed....several boats were never found. Close to 200 hundred trees were brought down by the storm. The park closed for 18 days and then reopened. He was away from the park but followed the tornado back into the park. One of the campground hosts gathered all of the campers that were here at the time and got them into one of the cinderblock restrooms. He stood outside, after getting them inside, turned around and saw the tornado coming. For some unknown reason, instead of going into the women's restroom where he had put them, he went to the men's restroom and crouched down in the corner of the building. After the tornado passed, all that was left was the women's restroom and the cinder blocks in the corner of the men's restroom where he had been crouching. He was one lucky man !! Terry showed us the picture of it and it looks an awful lot like this picture here (this picture is off the Norman Emergency Management site). That triangle shaped cinderblock piece that is tipped over looks just like the area where he was crouching. Scary stuff !
Where the marina used to be...
New 3.5 million dollar marina..    

It's a gorgeous day here today and the park is swarming with people. This park gets 1.1 million visitors each year, Terry told us, and I can see why. A great resource for people who live in this area !

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