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January 09 2017 @ 02:57 pm
Rain and Wind bring down 140 year old tunnel tree  
We've been getting a lot of wind and rain here. Our rivers are flooding, our creeks are at capacity (except the one by my house, thank God). But the wind?! It sounds like it is about to knock over your house. But instead it knocked over one of the biggest tourist sites around here.... The Tunnel Tree (or Pioneer Cabin Tree).
The Tunnel Tree was carved in 1880 after a forest fire burned a hole in the tree. The damaged was carved away and a tunnel was created. The tree lived despite the hole at its base. This weekend it died when the strong winds toppled our beloved Tunnel Tree. It was estimated to be 1000 years old and 285 feet high tall.

Pretty sure it made a noise when it came down.
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Jo Ann: Sick / sad girl animeyeuxdebleu on January 10th, 2017 12:54 am (UTC)
What a shame. I've seen so many photos of people standing in the tunnel. How near to where you live was this?

Reminds me of when the Old Man of the Mountain rock formation fell down here. The formation was even on our license plates here in NH.
Jill aka Jo: ST: Boldly Gosireesanwar on January 10th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
This is in Big Trees Park which is about 30 minutes up the hill from me. There is one you can drive through on the coast which is different and I assume still standing. This one you can only walk through. But this is one of the major draws of our county.

It so sad when these things happen. I would have loved to see the Old Man of the Mountain in person... and I'm sad now even though I didn't really know about it before. LOL
Jo Annyeuxdebleu on January 11th, 2017 11:46 pm (UTC)
This was on the evening news the day it happened and also in one of my Internet news feeds.

Crews had been stabilizing the Old Man formation for years with cables, but eventually that no longer worked and down it came. There are plans to replace it.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 13th, 2017 01:03 am (UTC)
Wow, I haven't even seen it on the news.

Okay that is cool. Then maybe someday I'll see it whether it is original or not.
Jo Ann: Puzzled-chewing gum-on phone GIFyeuxdebleu on January 13th, 2017 02:42 am (UTC)
Off topic, but by how many feet was the water level raised at Lake Tahoe by the 39 billion gallons of water? I can't even process that kind of a number.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 28th, 2017 01:12 am (UTC)
For Lake Tahoe that is only around a foot maybe 13". Crazy right?
Jo Ann: AG: GIF Jesse does double takeyeuxdebleu on January 28th, 2017 03:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, crazy. Seems like it should be several feet.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on February 7th, 2017 08:32 pm (UTC)
Right? But Lake Tahoe is really big.