A week after a wind storm hit Sky Ranch with 100 MPH winds, Brad and Steve made their way up to Sky Ranch to begin the process of removing trees from buildings. They arrived to discover many new trees down and still no power at camp. Walking around camp, they discovered downed lines in the campground and trees leaning up against the wires on the trail out of camp.
The forest service should be up in the area tomorrow, cleaning up downed trees that are blocking to road. The hope is that Steve will be able to get to camp, and slowly begin the process of cleaning up. Once trees have been removed from buildings, our insurance company will be able to assess the damage.
Looking forward, the plan is to host several volunteer clean up weekends in January, March, and April. With helpful hands, we will be able to cut up trees, pile and burn the slash, and turn the logs into firewood. We will send out more information regarding these weekends after the holidays.
Life is good; God is good. Always. Despite the wind and the damage at camp, there is much to give thanks for this time of year–for the great ministry of Sky Ranch, for the many lives that have been touched and changed, and for the opportunities of tomorrow, as we all work together for Sky Ranch.
Blessings for your Thanksgiving Celebrations.
This past weekend a wind storm roared through Sky Ranch with wind gusts up to 100 mph! The storm left hundreds of trees down, all around the Sky Ranch property. And while we have thousands of dead beetle kill trees around camp, it was mostly green trees, full of needles and wind-resistence, that fell.
A group from Christ Lutheran Church, Highlands Ranch was at camp for a confirmation retreat when the storm hit. Fortunately, no one was injured and the group was in good spirits. Camp lost power Saturday evening and, when it hadn’t been restored by 8:00 am the next morning, the group decided it was time to go. Only to get out of camp, the group, lead by Gary Knutson, had to hack their way through 17 trees, primarily on Tom Bennett hill. And yes, the thought of Gary with an ax should be terrifying to all.
Power wont be restored to camp for another couple days. There is substantial damage around camp. A tree behind the lodge fell through the roof of the tool shed and onto a car from the CLC group. The vehicle has a crushed roof and shattered windshield. Another tree fell through the roof of the woodshed behind the lodge. There is damage to platform tents and numerous signs around camp. However, perhaps the most dramatic, the large Douglas Fir in front of the Backpack Center is now on the BPC roof.
We are working with the insurance company to assess the damage. At first it was said that this might fall under “ACT OF GOD;” however, we all know God is merciful . . . and our shower house doesn’t have a single scratch! Regardless, this spring there will be a lot of work to be done to clean up trees all around camp. As soon as we identify work weekends, we will let everyone know how they can help.
Here are photos of the damage. Prayers of thanksgiving that no one was injured, that the group made it out safely, and that there isn’t more damage.