M and I left on Friday and the camp ground/park area was about two hours from our house. We left around lunch and arrived early afternoon and immediately started getting our tent up and our canopy set up. Rain was predicted pretty much all weekend so we brought our canopy and raingear in preparation for that. However the small two-person backpacking tent we purchased was not rain proof. Because it was miserably hot in that tiny tent we slept with the roof canopy off...and subsequently woke up at 3 AM to rain on our faces. After scrambling to put the tent canopy on we then proceeded to be rained on for the next two hours. We were sweaty, hot and damp inside the tent as the water leak for the tent seams. Sleep was pretty much out of the question so we tried our best to keep as dry as possible. The whole time I kept having to put the situation in perspective...by reminding myself that this was not nearly as bad as my deep-sea fishing experience. On Saturday morning we woke up completely wet along with all of our possessions. After breakfast we immediately proceeded to the nearest Walmart to upgrade our tent. We went from a 2 person small 7 foot tent (that was 3 feet tall) to a six person 10.5 foot tent (that is 6 feet tall). My 6 foot five husband had room to stretch out and we could put everything in the tent rather than lock it in his truck at night. The new tent was amazing and we are so glad we purchased it! Here's a picture of our first tent and our second tenant below.
So there! I made it! And I didn't die and I only complained a couple of times...all of which were rain-related. :) Do you like to go camping? (Side note: I did have RV-envy whilst it was raining. All of those people snug in their beds NOT getting rained on while I was. Are pop-up campers budget-friendly??) :)