Dodging a Bullet… or a Tree!


Those of you outside of the Pacific Northwest probably heard about our latest weather woes on the news.  Those of you in Northwest Washington might not have power to read this!  We experienced a very strong wind and rain storm, knocking down trees and knocking out power to thousands.  Jon had the weekend off, so we decided to take an impromptu wine tasting trip to Walla Walla.

Saturday afternoon, while sitting on a Walla Walla winery patio enjoying our first tasting in the sunshine, I received a phone call from our neighbor.  She heard a very loud crash at our house and thought she heard glass breaking.  She was too afraid to go outside to check it out.  Oh boy…  My parents were kind enough to venture over to our house to see how much damage there was.  I was on pins and needles for the next half hour.

Luckily, we dodged a huge bullet, or rather huge branches from two of the maple trees in our yard.  One big branch is about 8 inches in diameter and about 25 feet long.  The other is basically two thirds of the crown of the tree.  A trunk that is 12-15 inches in diameter, with multiple branches.  The larger branch is about 40 feet long.

The small branch lying in the yard.

The small branch lying in the yard.

The large branch - well pretty much the whole tree...

The large branch – well pretty much the whole tree…

One of the branches might have hit the roof, and then slid off – as there are some minor scrapes to the siding of the house.  But fortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any damage to the roof or the deck.  And no broken windows!  The bad news is that we’ll have hours of clean up in front of us.  I guess I know what I’ll be doing on the Labor Day long weekend!

And I promise I’ll blog about the more enjoyable parts of our weekend soon!

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6 thoughts on “Dodging a Bullet… or a Tree!

    • I’m glad too. We lucked out! The closest fire is a couple hours from here and the rain helped that one a lot. East of the mountains there was more wind than rain which was not good. They aren’t in Walla Walla though so although we could sometimes see smoke in the distance on the drive we weren’t near the fires at all.

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