What Happens when Hurricane Gordon Shows Up Uninvited

Hurricane season officially began June 1, 2018, and ends November 30, 2018. But when we think of Hurricane season, we tend to think August through November. When I was on vacation last month, I overheard on the weather channel that there wasn’t much going on in the Atlantic in August. They figured it would pick up in the month of September. By golly did it ever.

If you haven’t been watching the news, I’ll let you in on a little secret… The Carolina’s have been asked to evacuate. And Hurricane Florence isn’t the first hurricane to greet us with their presence this month. Last week, Hurricane Gordon fizzled out and came all the way up into the flyover states, gracing us with rain. Torrential downpours in fact.

The other thing I should mention… last week we made the trek across the state and the state line into Illinois to go SCUBA diving at Mermet Springs just outside Metropolis, Illinois. Some of us came in Thursday, the rest came in on Friday. Saturday Gordon rared his ugly head. It poured. And with water sports… the rule of thumb… 30 minutes after the last lightning strike. Every time a new lightning strike comes, the time starts over.

So we sat around waiting for the rain to subside, but more so for the lightning to quit because… you can dive in rain. Remember: Diving is a Dry Sport. Oh wait… no, that’s wrong… you get wet unless you’re in a dry suit… and underwater, you’d never know it was raining on the surface anyway. Truth!

But what happens while you are waiting for the lightning to go away? Hello… Photos!

The Photo Contest

If anyone knows me (Hi, I’m the bossy Blogger who made us take the picture above) then you know I like pictures. Doug went strolling by in his dry suit, half up, under an umbrella and yelled my name. I quickly whipped out my phone and took a picture. I’m quick on the draw sometimes.

A short, short while later I stumbled across the fact that Mermet Springs was having a Rainy Day Photo Contest.

I scrambled back to our pavilion and decided to turn in Doug’s photo I just snapped to the contest. He wasn’t there to ask, he’d already gone diving so I figured do now and ask for apologies later.

The Photos submitted:

On Sunday they posted them on the Mermet Springs Facebook page for voting. The one with the most votes… wins.

Now, I’m not trying to pat myself on the back and break my arm in the process, but I decided when I submitted my photo that if I won, I would donate the money to Newton County Christmas for Kids.

So now here is where I say……

Doug and I won!

I have to include him because hello, he’s the subject of the photo! I titled the photo: “Singing in the Rain.”

For everyone who helped this photo win, please give yourself a pat on the back! You helped us win the $100 for Newton County Christmas for Kids. Now with that being mentioned… I can sneak in that we have an official date for the Newton County Christmas for Kids Chili Cookoff! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3rd, 2018.

And one last thing… the video that Mermet Springs put together.

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