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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Usually the rain never bother us but we learned a good lesson, never attache then all together, we actually have gutters but the kids put up the tents with the tarp so we didn't bother with the gutters, silly us, that won't happen again...
• 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?
• United States
I bet there is something different every year that just adds to all the memories. This one will definitely be remembered. To bad all the pop up tents had to be thrown away but in the photos I can understand why. At least you were able to use them for the remainder of camping. I was worried I was going to read that the port-a-john had tipped over too what an awful mess that would have been!
@shaggin I did a post a while about the one you can make. We bought a Coleman, its small, you put a bag in it with kitty-litter, it has a toilet seat and a tight cover, and we just pee in it. Number two gets to the public bathrooms at the camp. I'll look and see which post I mentioned it in
• 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.
@rebelann Never had bugs in our tent. Our tent is well made and bug free if we keep the zippers zipped and we do that. Where we camp we rarely see bugs, no fly's, no mosquitoes, none except this who wandered into our camp this past summer. Have no clue what it is but it was interesting and walked through our camp, I urged him to go into the woods and he did...
We survived, and got over it, now we need to thing what to do next year, I have a tent I used for craft shows so will probably bring that and we always have that huge tarp we used to use...but its hard to get it high enough but it can be done
The event was not pleasant and it was hard work to get the two that could stand to stand up...the other two we took apart and sent them home with E's husband who came for a day with the grands at camp. We learned a lesson and we are talking about next summer and deciding how to stay dry if it rains. We will have to buy new pop-ups or use our tarp that we used for years...We still enjoyed the rest of the vacation...