We woke up this morning to thunder and lightning and even had a strike so close the intruder alarms went off. There are a lot of cedar trees on the mountain that are being torn apart because of the ice, so much so that when standing outside you can hear the limps break off which creates a sound similar to the sound of gun fire. Looking around this morning we found a dozen or so trees with major damage and may have to be cut down or way back. The sad part is that since the mountain is made up of limestone, there is very little soil on top of the rock and trees, any plans actually, have a hard time getting solid roots down into the rocky crevasas so when you loose a tree up here, it takes years for a new one to regenerate. The scenery today is shear beauty but sometimes beauty has consequences.