Monday, August 16, 2010

One if by land, two if by sea

When you are part of an owner group of rental cabins dating back to about 1917, there is a lot to do. The usual stuff: leaky plumbing because those pipes are old, touch-up painting and cabin repair. Those are the things we can always count on.

Then are the unexpected things:

An injured osprey that a guest brought back to the cabins. Hmmm. We weren't even quite sure who to call.

I can tell you one thing if it's an emergency by land: we get quick response and we get a lot more than one answering the call.

We had several response teams, none of whom was really sure what to do. They finally took the osprey down to the Fresno area and then we heard he was moved to a wild life center closer to the Bay Area. And finally released back to our area. Not sure about that. But it seemed like there were several osprey circling above our cabins for a while trying to find their lost friend.

Sometimes a guest will twist an ankle or something while hiking.

Again. Fast response and lots of it.

It's a little more nerve-wracking when it involves your granddaughter's injured elbow. In this case, we had the response team but they couldn't fix the elbow.

But Levi was pretty happy to stand near the fire truck.

And while Charlotte looks a bit like a movie star here, ultimately her parents had to drive her down to the children's hospital in Fresno to put her dislocated elbow back into place.

Yesterday we really did have "two by sea." Well, okay, "lake." Saturday, all the way across the lake, the forest service had cut down a tree because people kept putting a rope swing on it. That wasn't the problem. The problem was that people would swing out over the water, get scared, not let go, and then swing back and hit the tree. Is the same thought running through your head as mine? Like either let go and fall into the water. Or don't do the whole rope swing thing in the first place.

So anyway...they just cut it down and left. It drifted to the marina of the guy who has a business directly across the lake from us. It got tangled in one of his boats, with the potential to cauase a lot of damage. So at 10:30 at night he got it loose from the boat and set it adrift. And it drifted all the way across the lake to our shore, right at one of our best fishing holes, and in the afternoon it started drifting toward our dock, with the potential then to smoosh our boats. So Mark called the forest service and basically said, "Come take care of your tree."

We got the forest service and the sheriff's department, all tryingto figure out how to tug the tree away from us and to somewhere more safe.

It was pretty funny interesting to watch.

And as they finally figured out how to drag it away, these two drifted right in front of my camera...


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JHNickodemus said... #

Wow! Looks exciting!

Grandma G said... #

My goodness, all the excitement! The rope swingy thingy was pretty funny, all right.

I wonder if I'll ever find out HOW Charlotte dislocated her elbow....


Jennifer said... #

What a busy weekend! Your poor grandbaby... I hope she's feeling better!

Jennifer :)

Sara said... #

This post toward the end minus your granddaughter getting hurt (hope she's much better now)is a comedy! What a mess!!

CitricSugar said... #

Holy Hannah! You do keep things interesting, don't you? I hope this week is a little more relaxed for you!

Hope the wee one is doing better - not fun.

k said... #

I think the people slapping back into the tree would make for a very funny America's Funniest Home Videos. (That show makes me wet my pants.)

Also, what is UP with them just cutting down the tree and letting it drift away? Slackers.

wishes, true and kind said... #

Great recap of all the exciting events at the lake. Hope there were a few moments of calm thrown in :)

Terriaw said... #

That does sound nerve wracking to be in charge of all that, especially when someone or an animal get injured! Looks like such a beautiful place!