Some of you might remember me posting awhile back about vacation plans. DH and I can't afford a "real" vacation, so we decided to go camping for a few days at Enchanted Rock (Central Texas). We were going to leave Tuesday, but the high was 97 degrees, so we decided to wait another day.
We get there late Wednesday evening and set up our tent. We then realize that part of the tent is missing (I told hubby we should check to make sure it was all there before, but then we didn't
). The waterproofing that goes on the top was missing. We see rain clouds overhead and know that the forecast called for 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms. Crap.
DH decides he will drive to town (1.5 hours roundtrip) to buy a tarp to put over the tent. I will stay behind and if it starts raining, take down the tent real quick and get under one of the little shelters.
An hour later, it starts raining. I flip the tent upside down and get under the shelter. I call DH and he asks me to put the whole tent under the shelter. I go out in the rain, grab the tent and drag it across the ground, tent in one hand, umbrella in the other. Then I wait under the shelter as this huge thunderstorm rages and HAIL starts coming down.
DH gets back and after the rain stops FINALLY, we got set the tent back up and DH fashions a way to hold the tarp on. We did this in the dark with a Coleman latern. We try to go to sleep as it is now midnight. Unfortunately, the wind is blowing so hard that it is rattling the tarp intermittently and so neither of us can sleep.
I'm all for driving to a motel but DH says it's too late and plus we have our contacts out. We sleep in the car. Another huge thunderstorm hits later that night.
The next day, we manage to do a little hiking before we realize it's about to rain again, so we rush back and pack up the tent and our stuff. We drive to town to do a little shopping. Guess what? It's raining. And hailing like crazy.
So our camping trip was cut short and was pretty darn crappy. I'm guessing this is one of those things we'll enjoy telling stories about later. Right now I'm just sorely disappointed and feel like I just wasted my week off.
Other people at my work get to go places like Hawaii and all I wanted was a few days camping and couldn't even have that. Yes, I'm jealous and whiny. I know.