Was it some ten years ago that a violent storm blew on out of the west, barreled through the old Woolworth Estate and then whipped across the lake devastating Cram's Point and nearby islands prior to hitting the east shore just north of the Goodwin cottage?
Were you here on the lake during that burst of Mother Nature's temper? Do you have stories of that adventure? Do you have photographs?
At the time, Vivian and I lived during the summer at the south end of the lake on Rocky Point, and we actually recall enjoying rather sunny skies that day. Vivian also remembers talking on the phone with a friend, Joyce Sirois, (Joyce and husband Wil were vacationing at the Foster Cottage off the Pond Road in Manchester), who called complaining about dismally dark skies, wicked wild winds, and seriously stormy waters! She was quite frightened; yet, we were shocked as we were experiencing none of that!
Shortly after the fast moving storm surge died out in the woods as it forged on looking for the Neck Road, we boated up the lake with our neighbors, Dick and Karen Robichaud, to survey the damage only to find so much debris mid-lake that we had to motor just north of Richard's Island and then on over to the east shore. There we spoke to Roger Goodwin who, along with daughter Elaine, had just watched the menace cross the lake (just missed the cottage as well as the Goodwins!) while ripping down huge pines with its violent power. It certainly left a massive path of destruction in its wake!
Oh, the power of it all! What a storm! What a day! What a mess! So, was it a tornado? Just ask the folks who witnessed the beast in action that day. They'll certainly give you the answer to that question!
Were you there? Share with us your remembrances of this frightening storm or any other interesting, scary, or unusual times you have had on Lake Cobbosseecontee.
Looking from the yard at the Rise and Shine Bed and Breakfast, look for Cram's Point off in the distance. Note the lack of trees!
Also looking out at Cram's Point with no tall pines on the Woolworth Property (Clearview Lodge) to block the view!
The above photographs were taken on September 2, 2007 long after the above stated tornado event, and long after the toppling of so many of the beautiful old trees that once lined the road leading into Clearview Lodge. Mother Nature! She sure can be destructive; but, no lives were lost that day and that is a blessing!