Rain Games 2020.12.17
The rain was certainly making havoc with our camping plans. Cries of ‘ameonna’ and ‘ameotoko’ could be heard through our respective vehicles as we made our way to the site. It was sure to be a pain to set up with a wet ground and shrouded by cumbersome raincoats (thanks to those well-organised people in charge, raincoats, which I had not even thought of, appeared quickly and plentiful for those who wanted some protection).
The first challenge was to check in with the management of the facility to let them know that we had arrived, to pay the fees and secure whatever equipment we needed (thankfully it is so convenient at these sites to grab barbeque pits, tents, sleeping bags and firewood). Some of us made a mad dash to the office whilst others whipped out their umbrellas and calmly strolled to the porch. I was a dasher as my jacket was a bit heavy and if it got wet I would have to suffer for the entire trip without a jaicket because there was no hot weather to dry anything.
We all drifted around and of course went into the supply store - the power of consumerism, the need to buy something gripped us - while all the details were sorted. Another reason we all huddled into the store was that it was warm. Outside the wind bit and the temperature was low and unpleasant. Next, we all bundled into the cars and drove around looking at the spots that were available to set up our makeshift homes.
After about ten minutes of inspection the leader finally suggested we secure the spot recommended by the staff. It was a good choice. There was a wide open space for two cars and our plastic, wood and metal kitchen, we were right alongside the river with a great view and the woods lay just beyond the rushing water. The only downside was that bathroom trips involved walking for about five minutes each way. The silver lining of course being that there WAS a modern toilet with running water and hand soap so we did not have to TRY to find a quiet and hopefully private spot in the woods to answer nature’s call.
As funny as it might sound, it was time to start making ourselves comfortable. We had to unload the vehicles, pitch our sleeping tents, stock some beers in the pseudo fridge (the cold river!), unfold the chairs, build the table and put up our main tent as shelter and the common living area. Fun, fun, fun! Time to play some rain games - how wet can you get!
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