Not a good night

Not a good night

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    Not a good night

    As I sit here typing at 3 something in the morning I am thinking I'm glad to be alive. I went camping with my 3 year old tonight and got caught in a HUGE lightning storm (it was clear sky when we went to bed). I made a mad 300 yd dash back my van with my boy under one arm and all the stuff I could carry under the other. Lightning was smacking all over the place. I was trying to stay as low as possible. It was darn scary!

    So my son is safely tucked in his bed and I am trolling DC like my usual addicted self. I'm going to crash to in a few minutes and in the morning I'll have to go get the rest of my stuff and my tent.

    So much for the "big boy camp out night" that we were really looking forward to. Oh well...
    It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.


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    Bummer, hate to hear off a good campout ruined. Glad you and your son are safe.
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    Tim, I am glad you guys are OK. That must had been scary as heck.
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    Yeah, lightening is nothing to play with. It is facinating to watch, but only from a safe location. Glad you were able to get you and your son out safely.
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    Glad you both are safe!
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    Oh, what a wimp! What's a little lightning?

    j/k.

    Glad you are both okay, timmy.
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    Glad you and Family are ok.

    Maybe you can try another night to camp out.
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    Lighting is nothing to fool around with.Just look at the houses and people who are struck each year.The best place to be in in a car. Glad you and your son are ok. I have three friends who have lost their house to lighting in the past 4 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy View Post
    Tim, I am glad you guys are OK. That must had been scary as heck.
    Thanks. It was pretty scary. Even after we got to the van my boy was crying and scared. He doesn't like the BOOOOOMs! He's still a little guy.

    We did catch some bass and a few frogs before bed so it was kinda fun before the typhoon hit. We also had a nice camp fire and every three year old boy thinks a camp fire is the "most bestest" super coolest thing ever.

    We went back this morning and got our stuff. Since I left the tent door open when we ran for our lives everything was soaked. Oh well.
    It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Thanks. It was pretty scary. Even after we got to the van my boy was crying and scared. He doesn't like the BOOOOOMs! He's still a little guy.

    We did catch some bass and a few frogs before bed so it was kinda fun before the typhoon hit. We also had a nice camp fire and every three year old boy thinks a camp fire is the "most bestest" super coolest thing ever.

    We went back this morning and got our stuff. Since I left the tent door open when we ran for our lives everything was soaked. Oh well.

    Glad you guys are OK. You know the old adage, stuff can be replaced. Sounds like you had an angel there protecting you against that lightning.

    Also remember, that after things calm down a bit, this will be an incredible bonding moment between you two. I am sure even at his age, he will remember that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExactlyMyPoint View Post
    Glad you guys are OK. You know the old adage, stuff can be replaced. Sounds like you had an angel there protecting you against that lightning.

    Also remember, that after things calm down a bit, this will be an incredible bonding moment between you two. I am sure even at his age, he will remember that.
    I was praying the whole time I was running.
    It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.

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    Good to hear everyone is safe.
    Lightning suck, considering I am a literal lightning rod I know.
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    I'm glad you and your little one are safe.

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    Having lived in the Lightning capital for my life thus far, I can indeed agree with you that a directly overhead lightning storm is NOT fun when you are still outside.

    I've had lightning strike literally less than 30 feet from my position before. The noise, light, heat, and sheer shock of the thing was incredible... as was the smell of the ionized air.

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