The sky was blue and sunny after most of the people left on Sunday morning. Since I was staying an extra day I spent the afternoon photographing the always beautiful Oregon coast and the tourist railroad equipment in Garibaldi. The first attached photo is looking down on the beach along Manzanita and Nehalum Bay State Park. The campground is in the middle of the picture.
The clouds were back in the late afternoon as I rode my bike down to the south jetty and once around the bike trail. It had started raining lightly around 7:00 PM as the leftover jambalaya I made Friday was steaming hot in the dutch oven. All seemed well when I fell asleep around 11:30 PM.
I was awakened around 1:00 AM to the sound of sheets of rain slamming against the back of my Scamp
which faced south. I then thought I could hear the movement of the metal end of the tie down strap I had connnected to the EZ-Up canopy at the front of the Scamp
to an angle iron cross bar on the frame. The wind was really blowing! I decided I had better get up and put the canopy away.
I had left it up hoping it would stop raining and be dry in the morning to put it back in the bag. It was obvious that wasn't going to happen! I got dressed and put on my bicycle rain pants and jacket with the hood over my head.
To my relief the canopy was still staked to the ground without any damage. The wind was really pushing on it. The canopy wasn't doing much good because the rain was coming down sideways. I had put the Coleman stove, dutch oven and tables away inside the Scamp
before I went to bed.
I decided to just remove the fabric and leave the frame staked and tied to the Scamp frame. I didn't want to spend any more time out in the driving rain than necessary to save my canopy.
I removed the rope lights
first. I then removed the fabric and threw them both in the back of my truck. The rain gear was completely wet on the outside. I was dry on the inside.
I then went back to bed and could feel the wind gusts move the trailer even though I had stabilizing jacks at all four corners. It took awhile to go back to sleep. I wondered about the groups of young people in their tents. It was nice to be in my egg.
The canopy frame was fine in the morning. I think I learned a lesson here. I probably shouldn't leave the canopy up unattended or when asleep.
I'm still a rookie at this fiberglass rving. This was my ninth time out. I learned some more valuable things at this gathering.
Thanks to Donna and Barb for putting it together. I enjoyed talking to everyone and seeing their trailers. I'm looking forward to my first Oregon Gathering in Bandon!