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Published: July 22nd 2012
Tony and Michelle had an early trail ride this morning to avoid the worst of the heat. Little did we know it was not the heat we needed to avoid today. This morning was taken up with trail rides and massages. Tony and Anne each had a 90 min massage and by the time lunch was finished, Michelle and Tony were ready to go drown some worms. in the pond. They had a great time, lost a lot of worms but didn't catch any fish ... unless they were self releasing fish.
The big adventure for the night was a chuckwagon dinner and cowboy show. We rode out to the dinner site in covered wagons pulled by some draft horses. It took about 30 minutes to get to the dinner site. Michelle got to sit up with the wagon driver. The show was nice, some cowboy songs and comedy punctuated by thunder and lightning from the incoming storm. Dinner was delicious, steak, fire potatoes, camp beans and then Mother Nature decided to put on her own show.
At first there was some rain and thunder and lightining. Then it was heavy rain. We all started to think it was
just a short cloud burst, then the rain got even heavier. Before we knew it the run off from the hills started running through the tent we were eating under and the wind started blowing. Soon people were sitting on the tables. Then with one big chash of thunder it started to hail. After a few minutes they brought the wagons back around, loaded them up and we headed back to the campground. Even though the wagons were covered the rain (and hail) still came in the front of the wagon. by the end of the ride Anne and Tony were soaked through.
As we drove back up the trail, which was a river at this point, we started to see the results of the rain in the campground. A couple of drains had backed up and several tents had been flooded. The campsite we were in the first night here was under 2 feet of water and our new site was under a foot of water. We had a few things under the trailer (to keep dry in case of rain) that were now soaked but thankfully we didn't lose anything. Our neighbors said they saw all sorts
of items float down the street.
By the time we got back to our campsite the worst of the rain was over (for now) and we started collecting our scattered items. After talking with our neighbors, tidying the camp. posting photos on facebook, and hunkering down for the next wave of rain we tried to think of something to do in the trailer. So we made rice krispy treats.
The rest of the night we cleaned up, watched a movie and waited for more rain. At about 10 PM a constant barrage of thunder and lightining started. Tony estimates a dozen strikes per second along the front of the incomming storm. By 10:30 PM the storm had reached us and the heavy rain started again. With the rain and thunder rocking the trailer Michelle cuddled up with us and we all fell asleep hoping the drains stayed clear.
Tomorrow we head out for Fort Collins, CO, after we dry out a little 😊.
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