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Date:         Sun, 11 Oct 2009 16:21:21 -0700
Reply-To:     Robert Fisher <refisher@MCHSI.COM>
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From:         Robert Fisher <refisher@MCHSI.COM>
Subject:      Re: [NVC] Do you like camping in the rain?
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I suppose I would say camping in the rain is better than no camping at all... assuming it wasn't some kind of brutal deluge. When we went to Mammoth in August the temps here were 112-115; they were in the mid/high-70s there. It rained a bit each afternoon from the 2nd thru the 4th day- the first time in all these years that we had to pull the rain fly out. People were running around getting slickers and ponchos on... I kicked back in my chair, face up to the sky and said 'bring it on...'. It was the first time I'd been really cool in more than three months. Of course, we went swimming in Horseshoe Lake the next day (9000 ft.), so that sort of made up for it. : )

I'd think that being a long-time desert rat you'd like some rain, but maybe you've adjusted somewhat already. I'd go in a heartbeat, but then again I'm still sitting out here in the dirt.

Cya, Robert

-----Original Message----- From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf Of Rocket J Squirrel Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 3:24 PM To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM Subject: [NVC] Do you like camping in the rain?

Begging forbearance from the Moderators and members o' the list, this appears to be a quiet Sunday afternoon so I'd like to ask a camping question, with no specific Vanagon content.

For a few weeks my son and I have had plans to go camping next weekend. The extended weather forecast for that weekend has shifted from cool but sunny to kinda rainy. "Showers" is the word they are currently using. 60% chance of precipitation, mid 60s (F) in the day, 40s at night.

The temps are fine with us, but we are a desert people, having come from SoCal, and in my experience camping in the rain is messy. Mud all over the darn place, a simple trek to the privy involves specialized foot gear, rainproof clothing, funny rubber hats and bumbershoots if feeling particularly British or silly. Stuff dripping all over the place. And mud . . . did I mention mud?

How do you folks feel about camping in the rain? Any tips for keeping the inside of the van dry and clean?

-- Mike "Rocket J Squirrel" Elliott 84 Westfalia: Mellow Yellow ("The Electrical Banana") 74 Westrailia: (Ladybug Trailer company, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) Bend, OR KG6RCR

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