Rain on a tarp

As you read this I am sitting in a field somewhere outside Sacramento, trying to stay out of the rain.

It’s Pagan Bunny Burn time and the weather that is predicted is basically light rain.

Not so bad.

Could be worse.

But could be better.

Camping in the rain is not my favorite thing.

Actually I should clarify – SETTING UP CAMP IN THE RAIN is not my thing.

I’m perfectly okay with hanging out under a canopy, listening to the rain fall, while chatting with my friends and sharing a pint.

Perhaps that’s why I’m not in the mood to cancel all my weekend plans.

What’s a little rain when there’s fun to be had and shenanigans to enjoy with friends?

The last time I camped in the rain was at my very first unSCruz in 2016 – day 1 and day 2.

I still had my tent trailer Dolly, and it was fairly easy to set her up, even during the rain.

Less than five minutes.

But I watched as my friend Marina and her boyfriend worked at setting up her tent and I have a picture of the two of them, wet and annoyed, eating lunch in my tent trailer.

Ironically, it’s one of my favorite memories of the two of them because despite the rainy conditions and their frustrations, we were inside my trailer, warming up, and enjoying being out of the rain for a little bit.

It was the first (and only) time I was able to accommodate friends in my trailer.

Up until then it had only been my boys and I.

So as you read this, I’m hoping that I’m right smack dab in the middle of having a great time, camping at PBB.

One thing is for sure – I’m going to sleep like a baby.

Because it is a little known fact (not even The Swede knows) that when I’m having a hard time falling asleep, the ambient noise that puts me right to sleep is RAIN ON A TARP!

And there’s going to be plenty of that at the Bunny Burn!

Read my mind, I dare you!

I am driving everyone around me ABSOLUTELY crazy.

I know this because I’ve managed to even irritate MYSELF.

And yet, I still persist.

You see, I’m fixated on the Pagan Bunny Burn and my level of organization has gone THROUGH THE ROOF!

Inventory?

Check.

Meal schedule?

Check.

Map?

Check.

Color-coded map with event notes?

Check.

I mean, really. . .who DOES THIS?

Today I cross referenced the schedule of activities to list the food events, times, and locations on our meal schedule so that we can see at a glance what’s happening foodwise at any given time.

It’s moments like these that Tejas can sit back, laugh, and THANK GOD he’s not in a relationship with me.

Because right now, I’m SUPER irritating.

The thing is, I DON’T REMEMBER the stuff I pack or where it is unless I write it down.

Do you know how many times I bought ratchet straps because I have no idea where my other ones are?

[They’ve been eaten by Tejas’ MotorBeast, btw.]

I’ve spent a lot of money getting ready for this burn.

I even bought a propane tabletop heater so that I can keep warm on the cold nights.

So you can imagine what happened when I mentioned to Tejas that light rains were expected for our campout and he said. . .

“Maybe we shouldn’t go. It’ll be cold and wet.”

I just stared at him.

And stared.

And dared him to read my mind.

Thwarted, again!

This weekend I was supposed to go kayaking on the Elkhorn Slough with a naturalist tour. You remember this was the tour I was supposed to go on a month ago which got rained out.

Well, thanks to the pouring down rain, the second trip was cancelled.

Leaving me with only one assumption…

THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT IS FOR ME TO TRY TO GO KAYAK THE ELKHORN SLOUGH.

Anyway, I felt so lazy when I found out my trip was cancelled that I decided to just spend the whole day in bed, relaxing and watching movies.

So I blew off my Bollywood Dance class.

Shame on me!

Hiking in the rain with a bum foot, continued

Well, let me tell you, even in the rain, the hike at Ano Nuevo State Park is Ah-Mazing.

Yes, the rain comes in sideways and gets your face all wet.

Yes, you have to walk in between scary HUGE bull (male) elephant seals with large floppy noses.

Yes, the bulls roar and sound like lions (OMG).

Yes, you’re not allowed to make eye contact with the bulls for fear they will charge.

But overall, and in sum, it was a grand adventure!

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It was all great fun but by far the most adventurous thing I did while out on this hike was eat TOFURKEY at the picnic afterwards.  Kinda like smoke flavored cardboard, it was pretty disgusting but I managed to eat the whole thing, just to be sure I hated it.

Yes, I hated it.

So there you have it.  Elephant seals at Ano Nuevo SP = good.  Tofurkey = bad.

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