Unfortunately, I was there and so I did hear it . . .
. . . and saw it . . . . and was almost squished flat by it! Molly and I were walking along when we heard a loud 'CRACK' and the canopy fell about 15 yards in front of us - astonishing! I'm glad it was a relatively small tree and happened so fast that neither Molly or I had time to be more than a little startled.
|Here you can see where the trunk snapped!|
Other than randomly falling trees, the campground was quite pleasant
There are a series of Forest Service and county park campgrounds along highway 19 and 402 between Fossil and Monument. The Wheeler County Parks are in a fully grown Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir forest. They had picnic tables, fire rings, and centralized water, toilets, and trash cans. They were very reasonably priced at $10 for the first night and $5 for subsequent nights. I found them a bit dark - had to hunt at Shelton Wayside Park to find my site along a meadow within the tall trees. The Forest Service campgrounds had picnic tables, vault toilets and fire rings, but no water or trash pickup. They were $5 per night. The ones that I checked out were close to the highway (very little traffic though, so the noise was minimal) and generally more open and sunny as you can see in the picture. All the campgrounds were nearly empty even though I was there on a weekend.
|The view from my campsite at Lone Pine FS Campground, just east of Kimberly, OR|