Last night, my little town of Athens, Ohio was hit by a tornado. We, here in Athens, are sitting in a bowl surrounded by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains - literally surrounded by hills - so, tornadoes here are very, very rare! We saw the storm coming - felt the enormous winds... the pounding rain, thunder and spectacular lightning, and the almost complete darkness at only 7pm was slightly disturbing... but we scoffed. WE don't get tornadoes here.
Luckily - no deaths reported, some injuries, and major damage to structures. But we were lucky. Our house, sitting on top of a big tall ridge was unhurt, but my yard is littered with branches.
Now for the funny... or mysterious part. My oldest daughter is both a senior in high school and a freshman in college. She and her dad had been at her college orientation yesterday when they were advised to leave due to a storm coming. They made it home about 15 minutes before it reached our house. Shortly after, it hit and destoyed part of her college. Below are pictures of her high school. It, too, was damaged and Athens City Schools were closed today.
How in the world did it hit BOTH of her schools??
My daughter's high school football field.
The trailer park next door to her school.
Our hearts go out to our fellow Athenians who had so much destruction...
This summer, my family (2 daughters, husband, brother, dad, and I) took our annual trip to Lake Erie where we rent a house for the week on the shores of Lake Erie in a little gated community named Lakeside.
This year we ventured out of the gates to the nearby Johnson's Island.
Johnson's Island is a 300 acre island. It was the site of a prisoner-of-war-camp for Confederate Officers
captured during the American Civil War. During its three years of operation, more than 15,000 men were incarcerated there.
I was going through summer photos and noticed just how spooky some of these pictures turned out.... thoughts of Halloween! You can click on pictures to enlarge...
This wooden sign was so weathered!
You can't tell, but this fella was absolutely dripping with cobwebs!
See the black iron cross in the background?
I took a photo of it as well - but it was too weathered to even read the dates.
Here he is from farther back with the iron gate and sign above.
That's my brother in the bottom right corner, dad in the way back.
Did I mention that everything was covered in spider webs?!
There were many of these sad "Unknown" tombstones.
And lastly... my girls. Being a bit young to appreciate the history... they chose to gaze longingly across the water at Cedar Point. I'm amazed that at 17 and 11... they are still holding hands! : )