And speaking of sunshine & blue skies, the likes of which really have spoiled us rotten since June, on this camping expedition, we had none. Wait, that's not quite true. We had a dry-ish reprieve Saturday night, and the sun burst forth Sunday morning just as we were packing up to leave, but until then, it was mostly wet and damp and gray. I'm sorry to report that besides the rain, there was also a brief but thunderous temper that passed through Friday night as we were sloshing around setting up the tent, and the culprit was not the 4-1/2 year old niece-of-our-hearts. I love living in a tent, but I do not like to do it while I'm soaking wet, thank you very much.
But! There are some very cozy things about camping in the rain, and when one is given a very kind and gentle reminder that one is not in fact 4-1/2 and should probably try and recover, they are easy to see! Drinking cocoa while playing Uno & Go Fish in the pop-up trailer, for one, and using the weather as an excuse to spend a few hours in Leavenworth, browsing through toy stores and and eating blackberry ice cream cones, for another. And really, it doesn't get much cozier than being snug as a bug in a rug under a pile of sleeping bags and blankets while you read yourself to sleep as raindrops patter on the tent.
"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, bring your own sunshine." Anthony J. D'Angelo