We woke up to men on horses herding cattle around our trailer. The kids thought it was a pretty cool sight to wake up to. The campground was soaking wet but it wasn’t to chilly. After breakfast we ran to the store and on the way ran into the cattle herding.
Overall the first half of the day went rather smoothly and THEN came the storm warning. Severe wind up to 40mph, hail, life threatening lightning. They recommended everyone go inside, I even heard something about going to the lowest level of your home or office which made me think tornado but it’s utah we don’t get tornados. Regardless we sent the kids in the trailer while we packed up camp.
Not long after we started packing up the rain came, then the wind, cold but mild and then the hail. It must have seemed pretty scary because my kids normally like storms but they were inside crying. Luckily the hail didn’t last long but the rain continued as it had so far for most of our “caming trip”. I had no idea how long it would take to pack up but even the time it took to do that paled in comparison to how long it took to get the trailer out.
Lesson number 1: Keep tabs on the weather. Lesson number 2: Just because it’s a cinch to get the trailer in doesn’t mean it’s a cinch to get it out!! Two hours after we heard the storm warning we were out of our campsite, and not even packed nicely. Things were just stashed where we could put them. An hour and a half after that we were set up in our next campsite. Lesson number 3 was realized with lesson number 2, maybe we should have gotten a smaller trailer!
Needless to say it was a long day and not the best beginning to our journey. It was however a great learning experience and a chance for Carl and I to really pull together. I did ask God for bonding time, right? It reminds me of the movie “Evan Almighty” and the wife is worried her husband is going nuts building this ark. She is sitting in a diner watching her husband on the news when “God” serves her some french fries and he asks her a question I will never forget:“Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”
Maybe just maybe this is part of how God is answering our prayers to be closer as a family. So even though it was a rough day I went to bed laughing inside “Good one God, good one! ” At the end of the day we ended with a beautiful view and in a much safer area.
Sidenote:Utah did have a tornado,. Right by my sister’s house actually. Houses were damaged but from what I have heard every one is safe and sound. Those who have lost their homes could use your prayers though.