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What happens when it rains a lot?

It floods.

Duh. :-D

In some cases that can be really bad.

OR it can be really fun!

It's rained pretty much every day for the last 2 weeks, so when we finally had a couple days of sunshine, we took advantage!

On Tuesday, we headed to our normal swimming hole down at Harrison Bay State Park. As we're getting closer (it's about 30 min or so away), John and I get a warning across our phones:

"Warning! Flood stage on rivers and lakes".

Nice! O _ o

We decide to continue on as we didn't have much further to go and figure if it's too bad the Park would've closed the area.

The water was certainly up higher than I'd ever seen it before. The sandbar that we usually walk across was completely underwater, like up to my knees under water. The surrounding area, that is usually dry and where people normally leave their stuff, was completely underwater.

We still had a blast, although McKayla was a little scared at first b/c her "safe zone" was gone but once we convinced her that her floaty would keep her safe, she was fine.

We went back on Thursday, and even though the water had definitely receded, it still wasn't back to it's "normal" setting.

Here, the pictures tell a better story than I can, so I'll let them finish :-):

I tried to take the pictures at the same angle and I'll tag them "Tuesday" and "Thursday" to maybe help you see the difference (I could also be doing way more than's needed, but that's my curse LOL):








(Just a nice little tidbit; flood stage for the Tennessee River is like 651.0 and on Tuesday it was at 651.1) 

Tennessee River Flood Stage


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