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Old 08-17-2015, 10:41 AM   #1
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What do you do when it rains?

August 13 to 16 we camped at Lightning Lake Provincial Park, in BC's Manning Park. We were joined on Saturday August 15 by our son and daughter and their children who planned to tent while we were using Ladybug, our little Escape 13. On Saturday afternoon before they had their tents up we had some heavy rain and the temperature fell to 10 deg. C. = 50 deg. F. (It had been 31 deg C. = 88 deg F. when we arrived on Thursday.) Here you will see how we waited for the rain to stop.
What do you do in similar circumstances when you are camping and it rains?
  • Go home?
  • Get in the car and drive?
  • Sit inside your trailer and play games?
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:05 AM   #2
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We have never 'gone home'. It sounds like a sane thing to do though.
We have, after hearing the forecast for the Oregon coast for the week ahead, 'got in the car and drive'. To the Okanagan. Well the valley that hwy 97 runs through, USA side and Canada side.
Normally, when we think it will pass in a day or two, we read books, make up lists of things we need to do, play games, put up a tarp outside and just go on like everything is normal. If it's not too cold sitting under a tarp with a coffee and watching the rain is quite relaxing and if there are kids splashing in the water even more fun.
Lightning lakes has showers so everybody can clean the muck off.
Back when we were tent camping we always carried a tarp about 50 by 30 feet in size.

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Old 08-17-2015, 11:07 AM   #3
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Lots of times I am good with taking a nap. Next is take a scenic drive if the country lends itself to that. Next is go to town and check out a local attraction or two. Depending on location and time of day, go "out to eat" and enjoy someone else's cooking. Or bake some cookies in the toaster oven if hooked up. I am good with listening to the radio and reading a current magazine. Also and again if hooked up put a movie in the blue ray and watch tv. If we are within 50 miles of a Buffalo Wild Wings on a Saturday, go watch college
Football on one of 50 screens. If it's not too cold or too windy, set under the awning and watch the world go by. Then there's also the visit to my doctor Al K. Hall. I have put on the poncho and fished in the rain on many occasions. When we take the grandson he's got some toys along like Legos and stays pretty busy if were confined to quarters. I'm sure others have many additional activities that they use, tearing down and going home is a last resort and I can't remember the last time we did that.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:11 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by bvansnell View Post
  • Sit inside your trailer and play games?
So, how long did the game of "let's see how long this bottle will balance on top of the other bottle?" last?
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:15 AM   #5
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Also I forgot to say I really enjoyed all of the photos, the colors and composition reflect the great photographic talent you possess.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:59 AM   #6
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I sometimes go home if the rain proves to be long term and I'm close enough, off and on is no big deal. Tend to just hide inside and read or nap. I've also hit Red Box for a laptop movie.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:06 PM   #7
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Brian your photos are always amazing !.... When our kids were young they always loved that cosy feeling of being in the trailer when rainy - now in our fifteen we do too......rain does not send us home .....if it's not too windy with the rain it's often nice to just sit under they awning ( our side panels actually keep us dry ) ..... when we camp with our daughter/soninlaw and grandson we are now expected to sit in their monster pull out thingee for games or chatting ( often chatty games ).....
All things in life are easier to swallow with a good cup of tea .....
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:09 PM   #8
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As a solo traveler and denizen of the PNW, I just put on my rain gear and forge ahead with whatever plans I had (usually omitting a packed lunch, however). Here are my son and three of my four granddaughters heading out...
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:18 PM   #9
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Usually, it's just me and my wife when we go camping. We find the solitude of being in the Escape, when it's too cold or wet when outside, very soothing and calming. The rhythmic sounds of the rain on the fiberglass has an almost hypnotic effect.

We play games, read, nap, plan other camping trips, get ideas for mods, even use the "free" time to update our advance directives on our computer. Sitting under the awning while it's raining has its own peaceful ambiance.

We've never considered it boring or even thought about going home. We sometimes congratulate ourselves that we were wise enough to own an Escape where we can relax in comfort. If it's not too nasty, don the rain-gear and talk a walk.

Great topic, Brian, and wonderful pics!
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:40 PM   #10
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My collection of Gore-Tex could outfit a small boy scout troop. I just put on the appropriate items and do whatever. I try to avoid being a lightening rod; but I can stay warm and dry under nearly any conditions.

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