2017 Insanity Hits Our Campsite
September 13, 2017 7:35am CST
We named our camp “Camp Insanity” the year the bears were everywhere, this year Insanity arrived in the form of Rain. My sister and I are getting older so we bought a Porta-Potty for our tent and because of the huge rain storms during the night we used it instead of steeping out of the tent to pee in the bush... We were awake to hear a huge crash out side of our tent... Hindsight – a quote – after the ship has sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved... The above quote is what we were thinking as we looked out our tent and saw a huge mess of metal and pop ups that crashed because of water that amassed in between two of our four pop-ups. We used 4 pop ups, one for the kitchen and the three for protection from the weather – all four attached to each other. For some reason the rain amassed between two of the pop-ups that we put a tarp over and the weight pulled the whole set up...down. We figured that bag of water weighed between 100 and 200 pounds or more. Had we not used our porta-potty, we would have noticed the bag of water growing and would have stabbed it to let the water run freely... (Our hindsight) The crash photos were take when we heard the noise, it was not quite light so the photos are a bit off... The top photo shows what life usually looked while we camp but after the crash it was a big mess. We carefully undid what we could and we did manage to save two of the pop ups and got them to stand for the rest of the camp. All four at the end had to be taken apart and taken to the dump. Our lavender that we bought the day before was hanging on one of the pop ups to dry and it landed in the mud. We kept it for the two weeks but spread it around the camp when we left, it still had a beautiful scent but was in no shape to take home. We still had a good time because the insanity is something we as campers are used too. Just another memory for our journal...
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• United States
It looks like hurricane Irma hit your campground. Gee what a mess and a shame that you'll have to replace some of your tents. At least you were able to finish your camping trip and did you and your sister laugh about it at some point?
• El Paso, Texas
Hindsite, too bad it isn't foresight. Well, it sounds like you still had fun all things considered. If I did go camping I'd at least want a vehicle like those campers with the extension flaps to create dining areas or what not but even that would not be of much interest to me.