Noisy camps (was Selling Camps)
Gerald Belton (gbelton@MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Tue, 4 Apr 1995 07:13:13 -0600
>Our neighboring council in Beaumont (Three Rivers?) has a camp adjacent to a
>pulp mill. Log grinding starts at 4:30 a.m. and runs continuously till
>10:30 p.m. That was an experience also.
>Others with interesting camps??
This isn't in the same category as your pulp mill or the highway noise you
mentioned, but I had an interesting experience at Camp Salmen in the New
Orleans Area Coucil this summer.
The camp is located about 20 miles east of Picayune, Mississippi. On
Wednesday night I went on an overnighter in the "back" part of camp with the
wilderness survival merit badge class. About 10 pm, as we were sitting
around the campfire and enjoying the quiet, we heard a low rumbling sound of
to the southwest. It was a very deep bass note, so low that it was barely
audible. It seemed to be growing louder, and we watched in that direction
to see if an aircraft would appear over the horizon or something. Actually,
at first we thought it was thunder or an explosion of some kind, but it kept
going, and going... After about 20 minutes to faded off.
We racked our brains trying to figure out what could be making that noise.
The corps of engineers had been building some roads back that way, but they
wouldn't be working at that time of night. I mentally pictured a map and
began working in that direction; finally it came to me. 25 miles away was
the NASA Stennis Space Center, a test facility for rocket motors. We had
heard (at that distance!) a space shuttle engine being tested.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City