So Friday night we got all our gear packed up and Saturday morning we were out the door around 7 am, to get to the park by 8. We wanted two full days of fun. When I booked our site, there was no chance of rain, but two days later the weather had shifted. We were hoping that the storms would pass quickly, if at all.
Our roomy REI Kingdom tent. We hadn't used it in rain before, so we were hoping for the best. REI makes high quality gear, in our experience. You can see my comfy camping cot. Paul and I can sleep on the ground, but with plenty of room in the tent, I figure why not bring a cot.
Reid checks out his fairy stone collection by lantern light that evening. We went to sleep around 9, but then the storms started rolling in. We really got pounded! Over and over again waves of storms rolled through. Thankfully, our tent with rain fly was excellent. Not a single spot got damp.
Unfortunately, Reid woke up around 4 am complaining of stomach pain. Then by 6, Cort was up as well, and started vomiting in the woods behind our tent. Having kids struck down by the stomach flu in the middle of the woods when you have a bunch of gear to pack up is not a good thing. Cort threw up again and again as we rolled up sleeping bags and put away chairs and such. No coffee this morning. It seemed like we would never get everything packed up.
Thank goodness we were only an hour drive away. It was a VERY long hour. We were sad we didn't get our second day of hiking and kayaking and fairy stone hunting. We'd had such a great time the day before. Paul said, "Maybe next time we can just do a day trip again". I have to say - I second that! And hopefully our next overnight camping trip (wherever we go) will be much smoother.