Camping: The Art Of Staying Wet Indoors

21 Aug


Day Two (Night): Torrential rain, non-stop.

Day Three (Morning): Sun and strong winds.

Day Three (noon-six p.m.): Torrential rain, non-stop.  No stopping. Constant, pounding, ongoing, perpetual, unchanging, relentless, monotonous, uninterrupted rain for six solid hours.

The woman camping alone next door in – I kid you not – a child’s pop-up tent, complete with the necessaries: beer fridge and TV, packed up and went home because she was flooded out.  Our gazebo died and the boys had to disassemble it.

We had a back-up plan for entertainment: lunch, cards and Rhyl Sun Centre. RSC is an indoor pool with slides and waves and things.  In any other country, an indoor pool with slides and waves and things on the beach front would seem daft, but we are talking about Wales.  Wet, wet, wet Wales, where everyone wears cardigans over their bathing suits in August.

The Hub dropped the kids off then came back and dropped off.  

I dogsat and read my Kindle.  I started three books and couldn’t get in to any of them.  Hundreds of books on my Kindle and I couldn’t find something new to enjoy.  It was like having literary cable.

I thought for a moment: I was alone in the wilderness (the Hub was en route); there was little food left; I didn’t know or trust anyone around me.

Time to re-read The Hunger Games.


41 Responses to “Camping: The Art Of Staying Wet Indoors”

  1. jmgoyder August 21, 2012 at 11:35 #

    Sounds exhilarating – ha!


  2. Elaine August 21, 2012 at 11:46 #

    Oh I remember those wet, wet camping holidays… and days on the beach wearing a cardigan over my swimming costume!


  3. sanstorm August 21, 2012 at 12:56 #

    2012- a great year to be British, so well done persevering with your camping.


  4. lanceleuven August 21, 2012 at 13:28 #

    ‘The woman camping alone next door in – I kid you not – a child’s pop-up tent, complete with the necessaries: beer fridge and TV, packed up and went home because she was flooded out.’

    That demonstrates a serious lack of commitment if you ask me. If I’d gone to the trouble of setting myself up with both a TV and a beer fridge I wouldn’t be going anywhere without a very serious fight.

    ‘Flooding? No, that’s just the indoor paddling pool. Come in, the water’s fine!’


  5. vivinfrance August 21, 2012 at 13:32 #

    Is this history repeating itself, or is it a repost from your previous camping holiday?


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife August 21, 2012 at 16:58 #

      The former, sadly. It’s our own fault – that holiday was in Abergele, too. We thought August would be better than October.

      And it was – only one jumper and two blankets at night 🙂


  6. Al August 21, 2012 at 14:54 #

    From what you describe, shouldn’t it be called Whales?


  7. jamieonline August 21, 2012 at 15:17 #

    Is this the time to tell you that we had 12 days of almost uninterrupted sun when we camped in France?


  8. viveka August 21, 2012 at 17:23 #

    … still in Wales ???? After your report here .. I’m glad I’m not into camping. But on the other hand it would have been wet if staying on a B&B or hotel too.


  9. gigihawaii August 21, 2012 at 18:00 #

    Sheesh! What an experience! Lol. I wonder what sorts of books are on your Kindle. I wrote about mine today.


  10. sonofwalt August 21, 2012 at 19:38 #

    We had rain storms end a camping trip of ours couple of years ago, and dry rot ended the tent. . . My youngest son, the Monkey, and I decided that since we were not historians that we could make up our own stories about what happened, and history be damned. It has since been referred to as “the camping trip that was not rained out.”


  11. terry1954 August 21, 2012 at 19:46 #

    wow, what a lot of rain. so disappointed u had to deal with all of the down pours


  12. Pseu August 21, 2012 at 19:54 #

    May I ask what the Hub has been putting his elbow in – or is it a bruise?

    If I had been you, and Hub had been Cycloman, I think I would have joined the man on the mattress for a little nap.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife August 22, 2012 at 08:48 #

      It’s hard skin. From a lifetime of resting his arm on the couch, I think. And you should see the couch 🙂

      He’s a bit of a man’s man and believes skin cream is for wusses, so it will never go away.


  13. sufilight August 21, 2012 at 20:32 #

    Oh, dear, it does sound that there was rain on your parade, not fun; yet fun to write and read about it! 🙂


  14. eof737 August 21, 2012 at 21:46 #

    Honestly, this doesn’t sound bad at all… Fairly normal camping in the UK stuff and great memories and pictures to keep/share. Chin Up and welcome back! 🙂


  15. colonialist August 21, 2012 at 22:13 #

    I bet you remember this holiday when all the fine ones are long forgotten!
    We must have been lucky with our only trip to Wales. The weather was rather good. I did a lot of cycling, and climbed Moel Hebog.


  16. kateshrewsday August 21, 2012 at 22:43 #

    I grew up camping, Tilly, this so familiar!


  17. laurieanichols August 22, 2012 at 01:14 #

    Wow, you guys are truly the hearty type, I admire your tenacity and good spirits.


  18. klrs09 August 22, 2012 at 02:11 #

    The last bit made me chuckle — Hunger Games, ha! Your (horrible, wet) camping experience has made the news here. apparently people were so upset by the lousy, completely wrong forecast that the weather reporters were forced to apologize! Amazing. Hope it gets better.


  19. grannymar August 23, 2012 at 07:06 #

    I hope you have dried out by now. I didn’t go camping to wet Whales, but I am still feeling rather logged. Do you think it will keep me young looking? 😉


  20. adinparadise August 26, 2012 at 06:09 #

    This is exactly why I would never go camping again after the first time. 🙂


  21. Perfecting Motherhood August 26, 2012 at 23:10 #

    I knew reading The Hunger Games could come in handy!


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