Jamie and I got up this morning to a cloudy sky and a forecast of rain and storms all weekend long. We had planned to do this last minute trip on Thursday evening. The Queen is always nice for a quick visit.
So we put on all of our gear and headed out to meet the gang for breakfast. I was really talking myself out of this trip pretty quickly. I am not a big fan of riding and camping in the rain. I figured once everyone arrived, they would all just bail out and I would be home in my cozy living room, watching TV and chillin….
We had a great ride to the lodge. Mother nature does have a sense of humor. We get to the 16 miles of 259 that can be a lot of fun, but at that exact moment the heavens opened up and we got some rain. Not a lot of wetness but it made for a more reserved pace. The ridge was nice and the road was good. We actually pulled into the lodge and could see for miles. Not a bad day so far. We new the camp sites were first come first served.. well we were not first and they were full. We finally worked it out to get an RV site. The bad news was the sites were in the open. The good news was the bathroom was within 100 feet. Not a bad trade.. or so we thought. The lady checking us in, said we should pitch the tents as the rain was coming. We went down and set up camp. It sprinkled on us a little but nothing bad. We set up camp and headed down to eat lunch at the lodge.
Again mother nature did not want to go with our program. While eating an early dinner we watched as the fog rolled in and the rains started. By the time we finished dinner it was hard seeing 20 feet in front of you. We decided to hang out in the lodge and wait to see what the weather did. Well it stayed foggy and a little wet. We finally headed down to the camp site. We WERE going to sit by the fire no matter what!
Pete went down to start the fire, but he was not having any luck. We got his wonderful wife to come to the rescue as she finally got the fire going. While standing by the fire we all noticed that the wind was picking up. It was not raining, but you could tell it could start at any moment. We hung out by the fire until the wind had blown all of the fog away. We all decided to hit the tents to get a good nights rest..
The overnight weather was not very good. It rained most of the evening. This is not all bad but the kicker was the wind. I mean it was WINDY. At one point the wind was blowing the tent into Jamie’s head as she laid on her pillow. it was strange. We got up and took our time getting ready. We folded up camp and then did the breakfast buffet before heading back to the metroplex.
The trip back was non eventful. We got lots of rain and stayed wet most of the day. I did leave Jamie’s wallet at Broken Bow, but we were fortunate that they picked it up. We called and they agreed to mail it to us. We got it back already so all is good. It was a strange wet weekend, but it sure was fun.
Here are some random images from the weekend. Thanks to Pete & Kim for sharing their pictures with us. You can see the