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Day 209/365: Camping trip aborted [20180728|20:39]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[the weather today is |traumatised]
[with a hint of |the glorious sense of being enclosed by walls and a roof]

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This is the "view" through the front windscreen of our car for much of the afternoon. It normally takes about 3.5 hours to drive from south Wales back to the UK Midlands. It took us almost five to get home. I think the bloke was doing about 30 mph when I took this, due to the poor visibility and water sheeting across the road. And then it started to hail.

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This was taken about an hour and a half earlier as we left Oxwich Bay, near our campsite. The condition of the sky in the photo is not representative of the majority of the weather we experienced there. The gale force winds and rain that had been predicted for the weekend arrived 24 hours early, and this was a very brief respite from the storm, which we used to visit the beach we'd come to see. The tent belonging to the friends who'd come to the campsite with us blew down at 3 AM this morning. They were forced to break it all down, repack the car and drive home with their kids (who are the same age as ours). I spent the rest of the night vividly reliving the sleepless, terrified hurricane experiences I'd gone through as a child in Hawai'i.

More photos from Oxwich Bay to follow tomorrow, but in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy being warm, dry, and in a bed that doesn't get lifted off the ground by the storms outside.

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[User Picture]From: manue7a
2018-07-28 22:46 (UTC)
Oh no, I'm sorry the trip fell through. It's good to be home, though?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-31 17:48 (UTC)
It's definitely good to be home, with its roof and walls and that. ;)
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[User Picture]From: ravenfeather
2018-07-29 02:26 (UTC)
Oh, I am glad you all got home safe!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-31 17:49 (UTC)
Thank you - me too! There was a lot of napping on Sunday.
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[User Picture]From: rock_dinosaur
2018-07-29 02:45 (UTC)
It's mad, this weather, isn't it? I've been having visions lately of how the world is going to end, at least for us useless, idiotic humans. It'll be a blessing for the planet, though!

The night before last, we had lightning like nothing I've experienced in the past: continual flashes lighting up the sky within just a few seconds of each other, yet no thunder. It was weird. Today, it was supposed to be much cooler and it's certainly windy, but I'm still absolutely cooking here and I think I'm in for another night of very hot, sweaty and disturbed sleep. I'm sipping a can-or-two of lager in the hope that it'll knock me out for the duration.

Edited at 2018-07-28 11:46 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-31 17:51 (UTC)
It has been a week of apocalyptic skies round these parts. The rain last night was pretty epic as well.

Yes, the thunderless lightning was super creepy! Ever since I was a kid and my granddad told me to count the seconds so we would know how far away the lightning strike was, I have done that. I did not enjoy sitting there tensely counting and not knowing when to stop.

I hope the nice cold lager worked for you. It's definitely been working for us in the evenings.
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[User Picture]From: rock_dinosaur
2018-09-09 14:29 (UTC)
I used to love thunderstorms when I was wee, and I'd go outside to watch them in the pouring rain. It's fair to say I've changed my view on that, somewhat. My existence on this planet could have been greatly curtailed!
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[User Picture]From: lindahoyland
2018-07-29 02:51 (UTC)
What a scary experience!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-31 17:51 (UTC)
Yep. It'll be a good story in a year or two but for now I prefer to let the more visceral elements fade from memory!
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[User Picture]From: spiffikins
2018-07-29 05:02 (UTC)
aww, I'm sorry the weather actively attacked your camping trip!

Every single camping trip I've EVER been on, though, it rained hard enough that we had to dig ditches around our tent to aim the water AWAY. Part of camping in my experience, is getting wet and cold :D

There's a reason I no longer go camping - although, now that I live in California, I bet I could camp without getting rained on...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-31 17:53 (UTC)
...the weather actively attacked your camping trip!

Heh, it really did feel like that!

You probably could go camping with very low risk of getting rained on, yep. I recommend Joshua Tree during a meteor shower. Going there during the Leonids on a rock-climbing trip is one of my most vivid memories. I didn't sleep much, but also didn't mind because it was spectacular.
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[User Picture]From: becofoz
2018-07-29 06:01 (UTC)
Oh there's nothing worse than camping in horrible weather. That happened to us a couple of Christmases ago - so much so that my cousins and their families got completely flooded out of their tents, and my swag flooded and I slept my final night in the backseat of my parents' car!

Enjoy your warmth and dryness.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-31 17:54 (UTC)
Oh nooooo flooded tents are terrible. Everything gets wet, and then you still have to pack it all up and put it in the car, where you also have to sleep. :(

I have been enjoying being warm and dry since we got back!
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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-07-29 12:43 (UTC)
I want that rain ... I really, really do ...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-31 17:55 (UTC)
The effects of the rain are most welcome. The grazing land around here is no longer a solid block of bleached grass. I hope we get more soon, but perhaps not a months' worth dumped on us all at once...!
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[User Picture]From: meringues
2018-07-30 12:17 (UTC)
Sorry to hear about what happened with the trip :(
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-31 17:57 (UTC)
Aw, thank you. We managed to salvage something out of it and the kids were really good throughout. Keiki slept like a log through the entire storm (and associated screaming from the other children). Humuhumu is rather more like me. We spent a fair bit of the night cuddled up together, me stroking her hair while she lay there with big wide eyes.
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