Travels in a Tiny Tear-drop Trailer – Day 2
I have slept beautifully in the cozy confines of the teardrop, lulled by the sound of rain pattering on the roof. It is morning. I prop myself up on one elbow and open the privacy shade on my window. Outside I can see only as far as two campsites over. The fog is low, but fog is drier than rain. Things are looking up.
I sit up and begin to think about finding my clothes. Sis stretches and yawns next to me, so I wish her a good morning.
“I’m sorry if I disturbed you when I got up in the night,” she says.
“I didn’t hear a thing. You must have been real quiet.”
“No, actually, I was afraid you would have heard me swearing.” She props herself up, opens the door into our attached tent shelter, and gestures for me to look over her shoulder.
If we had practiced setting the tent shelter up in advance, or even if we had been able to set it up in daylight, we would surely have noticed that the shelter is not square, nor is the rainfly which is designed to cover it. Unfortunately, if a rectangular rainfly is set on a rectangular tent at a 90-degree angle from the way it is supposed to fit, the two ends of the tent will protrude from under the rainfly.
In the dark, in the rain, we had a 50-50 chance of doing it right. Unfortunately, we lost the toss.
In the morning, in daylight, we can see that the un-protected section of the tent roof is quite obviously not rain-proof. However, the bottom of the tent is water-proof, and Sis’s shoes are sitting soggily in a considerable puddle that has collected inside the tent.
“It was a pretty squishy walk to the bathroom,” Sis says.
“Oh, well, you have your hiking shoes to wear while those dry out, right?”
Sis suddenly looks stricken. “I meant to put them in the car. And then we had the fuss with the bikes. I’m not sure…. “
Will Sis find her hiking boots? Will we get the water out of the tent? Will we ever get a hot meal? Stay tuned.
And meanwhile – MERRY CHRISTMAS!