2017 Insanity Hits Our Campsite

Canada
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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@sugartoes (31307)
• Greencastle, Indiana
13 Sep
I guess you can put this camping trip in a journal of experiences you've occurred so you can go back & refresh your memory of what NOT to do next time.
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• Canada
13 Sep
We learned this summer that attaching all four together was not the way it should be. That will not happen again
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@MALUSE (28908)
• Denmark
13 Sep
At least nobody was hurt!
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• Canada
13 Sep
Nope, just our Lavender.
• United States
13 Sep
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?
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• Canada
13 Sep
Laughter is a big part of our camping, thankfully our tent we sleep in is a really good one, The pop ups are not very strong. Not sure if we will replace them or go with a large tarp next summer.
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@bluesa (9868)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
19 Sep
And that is what happened to the Lavender! Sorry it got sort of squished in the mud. Darn rain water amassing like that. Definitely another memory for your journal though.
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• Canada
22 Sep
We wrote it into our journal, a memorable camp but they all are...
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@Corbin5 (70609)
• United States
13 Sep
This calamity does make for some very good memories. Nice of you to scent the camp with lovely lavender.
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@fishtiger58 (28476)
• Momence, Illinois
13 Sep
I love to camp as you know but rain can sure spoil a good time.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
13 Sep
Oh oh sorry to hear this Paints..yes hindsight is great isn´t it? Shame about the lovely lavender though too.
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@paigea (19896)
• Canada
16 Sep
And a good time was had by all in spite of all mishaps!
@Platespinner (16822)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
16 Sep
The worst events in hindsight frequently make the best stories. Glad you were able to salvage the situation.
@BelleStarr (29511)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Sep
Well, that was not fun but we have had similar things happen in the many years that we camped. It makes for great story telling after its over lol not so great when it is going on
@Juliaacv (19562)
• Canada
14 Sep
I don't blame you for taking along a little port-a-potty. Too bad about the storm, it really levelled your pretty little organized set up. AND you lost the possibility of bringing home the lavender-darned!
@RasmaSandra (10526)
• Riga, Latvia
13 Sep
That certainly sounds like insanity. Glad no one was hurt and that you survived it all.
@rebelann (28275)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Sep
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.
@shshiju (8843)
• Cochin, India
13 Sep
Camping gives thrilling experience . I guess the experience from the rain water and storm is good for the next camp.