I love to go outside. I love it whether it is hiking, camping, running or just walking around. As my children grow older I am trying to teach them to go outside as well. A big part of that is going camping.
My daughter and I decided to go to Carolina Beach State Park for a weekend of camping at the beach. It rained the entire time we were there! We drove through the rain, set up the gear in the rain, cooked dinner in the rain, etc. When it was time to head to the tent for the night I was looking forward to drying out.
We did well for the first few hours but I eventually woke up to water pouring in my face! The tent was letting in water all around us and it was flowing downhill to the door where all of our gear was piled up. I grabbed my daughter and we headed over to the car. After she was settled in the back seat I noticed that the shelter I had built over the picnic table had collapsed under the weight of all of the water that had fallen. Of course all of our gear underneath was thoroughly soaked. I finished collapsing the shelter in the rain, decided to leave it until the morning and climbed into the car myself.
The next morning I woke up early and started putting the campsite back together. It wasn’t raining so I tied up some dry lines and put out all of our sleeping gear to start drying. Of course, the rain moved back in and quickly soaked everything (again). I decided at that point (after checking the weather) to call it and start packing the gear up.
I was walking around the camp in a pretty dark mood. EVERYTHING was soaked (myself included) and I was thinking about the lost weekend. I heard my daughter climb out of the car and start looking around the campsite. I explained to her that everything was wet, it was going to rain all day and that I didn’t have any way to dry our gear. I feared she would be disappointed and tried to break it to her easy (even though I wasn’t really feeling it).
After hearing the news she said “I just spent the night in the car! That was terrible but I’m still having a great time!” I chuckled a bit, thought about my own bad attitude and learned an important lesson. Sometimes you have clear weather and sometimes it won’t stop raining. What’s important isn’t the weather, it’s how you handle it. We laughed about the rain together, ate breakfast and then started packing up. I’ll leave out the dead car battery. That’s a story for another time.
It turned out to be a great trip after all!