Well, that certainly wasn’t the weekend for which I was hoping. Even though there was a very low percentage of rain predicted, it rained heavily each day. On Friday and Saturday the rain started at 7pm, because of this regularity I felt I had until around then to pack up yesterday when it became apparent that unpredicted rain was going to happen again. However, the rain came down in buckets as we were just about finishing the cooking of dinner at 5pm. Because my camp stove was still hot I didn’t think that I should put it into my tent or in my car, so I put it under a camp table hoping to keep it dry; that didn’t work. Unfortunately, the rain seemed to damage my camp stove as after the rain it refused to light, I’m guessing it’s the electric igniter that isn’t working. I have put the stove in a place to try dry out completely before I give another shot. This was the second item to get damaged this weekend, the first being a string of lights whose wires I snapped when I forgot I had tied the battery pack to my cooler’s handle.
The rain yesterday also cemented the fact that all of my camping gear would be dirty and wet upon arriving home. I had planned to hang the tent to dry upon arriving home, but of course it started raining as soon as I pulled into my driveway as well.
The ITP Estate currently looks as if an a tornado has passed through, with all of my camping gear strewn about inside. Unfortunately I can spend the day cleaning, reorganizing, and repacking since it is a workday after all.
Like I said, it certainly wasn’t the weekend for which I was hoping.
Bonnie had the luxury of staying one more night. Bonnie, if you are reading this, I hope that your evening was dry, you can get out for a nice hike today, and that all your fancy new gear is dry when you pack out.
Hope yours was a better experience, and that you are remaining healthy.