Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 17:00:08 -0700
Reply-To: Rocket J Squirrel <camping.elliott@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Rocket J Squirrel <camping.elliott@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [NVC] Do you like camping in the rain?
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You have inspired me.
I will not fear the light showers of the high desert.
Mike "Rocket J Squirrel" Elliott
84 Westfalia: Mellow Yellow ("The Electrical Banana")
74 Westrailia: (Ladybug Trailer company, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
On 10/11/2009 4:50 PM Scott Daniel - Turbovans wrote:
> Depends on the amount of rain.
> the type of rain-camping you mention, with the mud, mud , mud......
> that's in heavy persistent rain.
> Over where you are ...........it's far more likely to be some showers,
> which can be refreshing.
> It can be so dry over there ...........rain can fall and evoporate
> before it hits the ground ( impress people by asking them what 'virga'
> is. )
> and the ground matters too.
> Dryish high desert soil and sandy soil can soak up light rain nicely, no
> mud., or not much.
> Nice light misty rain .........very peaceful actually. Comforting in a
> It's the endless wet wet wet that gets to ya, and equipment.
> a good sprinkle, then stopping ............now we're talking ! All the
> smells of the plants are activated then.
> One and off light rain, perahps with a rainbow to two .....yes !
> it's the endless wet that's challegning.
> I'd go on this trip if I were you.
> It's possible, but quite unlikely that there will be much downpour , or
> mud really. At least not all over the place.
> If you havn't been on Cascade Lakes Hwy on the other side of Mt.
> Bachelor, I strongly suggest you get over there before it's closed for
> the winter.
> You can camp right next a natrual ( not resevoir ) alpine lake in
> several places on that hwy. Gorgious views of South Sister, etc.
> And it's about an hour from Bend, like 'real close' actually.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Rocket J Squirrel"
> To: <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM>
> Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 3:23 PM
> 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
>> 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