I've camped many nights during torrential downpours, more than once when parts of my sleeping bag got soaked. Was I miserable? Yea, a little. Would I do it again? Heck yes!
On a week-long backpack trip on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, we got stuck for two days at camp in a heavy rain. During a kayak camping trip off Vancouver Island last year, the proverbial tarp was strung over our tents for extra protection from the persistent rain. (Northwest campers have even been caricatured in this Blue Tarp Campers ad.)
"It builds character."
But here's the magic: When it's raining hard and steady, the rest of the world falls away and you feel so enveloped in the elements. It's a very in-the-moment, Zen experience.
|Although it's hard to photograph rain, I think I succeeded here.|
Maybe you're one who likes having people around. One of my happiest teenage memories is squealing with laughter when several of us crowded in a little tent during a two-day downpour.
Ever done worm rolls over other tent mates in your sleeping bags? When you're rained out for a day or two, you too will invent creative ways to pass the time.
|Between the rains: an exercise in futility?|
There's a good reason why Gore-Tex, a major breakthrough in breathable rain gear, was developed here in the Pacific Northwest. Us Mossbacks are glad for that reason. We relish getting out on a rainy day.
Have you had many wet days outside? Jump in with a comment below and tell us about your rain stories.
And the rain is predicted to return in a couple days.