When we bought our cabin, there was already a dock on the property. However, in July of 2004 (before we owned the cabin) a huge rain storm (known as the 1,000 year storm) hit Medford Lakes, NJ, and three dams broke due to extreme lake swelling. Within a span of 14 hours, Medford Lakes took on 12 inches of rain. Three dams could not take the pressure, and burst. Two of those dams were at either end of the lake where our cabin sits. Here is what was left of the damn closest to our cabin:
You can get a picture of just how high the wave of water was traveling right through homes and businesses by looking at the picture below. The below picture shows an aluminum canoe wrapped around a tree at the level of the flood waters. This canoe remains here today, as a reminder of what this town went through in 2004.
The Flood of 2004 had taken it’s tole on the dock, so the only safe thing to do was to knock it down, and rebuild it.
Here is the old dock:
Ripping out the dock:
You can see how the force of the flood waters had pushed the pilings:
VERYexciting news…Cello won her first First Place Ribbon ever! She won a total of 1 Senior Division medal, and 2 in the Masters Division! She qualified for finals and won FIRST PLACE in the Masters Division Finals!!!!!! We were FLOORED! She won a big First Place ribbon, and gift basket, $50, and a $25 gift certificate to Cabela’s! WOOO HOOOOOOO!
We were very excited for this event! We were told at the last event (Decoy Show) that this is event has a big turn-out. We camped at Holiday Park Campground in Greensboro, MD. What a fun weekend we had! Although we did not get to see the “heart” of the Waterfowl festival, we got to visit St. Michael’s… and stopped at St. Michael’s Crab House for a celebratory beverage. Cello bellied-up to the bar and earned a free “drink” (water) from the bartender after giving lots of kisses! We also discovered a wonderful dog-friendly place called Ava’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar (also in St. Michael’s)… where they had a special menu just for dogs! (Hammy’s Dog Menu!) We were able to sit outside in the heated patio area with Cello, where we enjoyed a fresh Pizza, and Cello delighted in her Beef Stew.
We learned several lessons at the last 2 events: These events are long – bring a chair! …and Cello has such a thin coat, that she was cold in between jumps. We met another GSP dock diving contestant at the Decoy show (Bailey)…and Bailey’s “mom,” Annie, introduced me to an awesome dog coat that Bailey wears. (By the way – Annie’s blog (the little GSP) also inspired me to start this blog for Cell0… thanks, Annie!!) We bought a whole “set-up” to camp out at by the dive pool, and purchased Cello a coat like Bailey’s from Trover Coats overseas! We were prepared for this event!
Brian is happy with our new set-up for dock diving events…and Cello is nice and toasty in her new “Bone Dry” coat made by Trover Coats! …much better than standing around all day!
This event had the long dock set up, and Cello jumped in 4 waves. Here are Cello’s results:
Third Place Masters Division Medal
First Place Senior Division Medal
First Place Masters Division Medal
First Place Masters Division Medal
First Place Masters Division Finals! ribbon, gift basket, $50, and $25 Cabela’s gift certificate!
Photo courtesy of Brandi
Cello’s Grandparents, Jan and Jim, and Friends, Brandi, Stan, and Payton all were there to cheer Cello to victory…thanks, guys!