I left yesterday's thrilling installment on a cliff edge - what happened with the rain?
Well, the rain started early in the morning and simply didn't stop for a full 24 hours. It wasn't rain in the regular sense, it was monsoon rain, accompanied by some scary easterly winds that were strong enough to tear boughs from the trees and rock the trailer quite alarmingly.
We knew the rain was coming, and Mrs. T had decided on a campsite that was marginally higher than some of the other free sites realising that there was a dip in the landscape and some standing water on the grass. At the time we were planning on getting the trailer off the grass successfully come Friday, but as it turned out, parking where we did prevented us from being marooned in an impromptu lake. I don't think I had the vaguest idea of just what was going to fall from the sky, nor how it was going to affect the campground, but our ever so slightly raised position certainly eased things a bit.
So what do you do on a camping trip in the middle of a major storm? Just sit it out is the answer.
The power stayed on for all but a minute or two, the furnace and the lights were working, and that enabled us to relax, read and (in my case) write. I had to leave Towed Haul on a number of occasions, not least of all to walk the hound a bit. I also had to go out and get the power cable connection off the ground in case of flooding (I'd had to employ the extention cable to reach the power pillar), and also to deploy, then undeploy (is that a word?), the narrow awning on the street side. The reason for having the awning deployed in such dreadful weather was that we have a slight leak around the extractor fan vent. If the awning is out, it protects that side of the camper from rain, and there's no water ingress. That particular awning, although long, only extends a foot or two on a pair of quite sturdy arms, so can be left out in poor weather when the front awning has to be brought in. The wind, though, just became ever more ferocious and was hitting Towed Haul right on the street side, so eventually it managed to fold one of the awning arms up against the trailer body after one particularly strong gust. There was no damage to the awning or the trailer, but that meant we couldn't the leave the awning out any more. I must fix that leak when we get home.
I also moved the Toadmobile as she seemed to be partly in the newly formed lake out front.
At least it makes for an exciting and relaxing break, all at the same time!
Things did calm down later in the night and I woke to a bit of short-lived sunshine and the wind now blowing from the south. I think we have more rain today but hopefully the weather forecasters mean showers when they say showers.
I have a feeling this will be another day of enforced R&R; but who's complaining?
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