WTF is Up With This Weather?

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When we were kids, we always said that if our family planned a camping trip, the weather would take a turn for the worse. For some reason, the weather gods did not like Daddy, and, if we went on a trip, it would rain and storm the entire time. When we were grown, we tried camping reunions a couple of times. One morning after half of us slept in our cars – and I use the term sleep loosely –  and the other half slept in puddles of water in our tents, we decided that hotels would be a better option for family reunions. The curse lives on.

Weather Forecast for Big Thicket Natural Preserve (Turkey Creek Trail)

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We were wrong about it being a Daddy curse. Carryn and I are desperately trying to figure out where to go backpacking in a south that is filled with torrential rains for the foreseeable future. We’ve pretty much given up on this weekend. For as far as our car can reasonably travel in a day, it’s rain, rain and more rain. It will even be raining in the far reaches of Texas over by Austin. We will now drive in the rain on Sunday or Monday and head to wherever the weather looks reasonably dry. Our first choices are in the mountains… but we are open to anywhere else, too.

Weather for Langley AR (Eagle Rock Loop)

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We thought we found a place yesterday. The Hill Country State Natural Area sounds lovely, and the weather looks really clear for Monday through Friday. We could drive back to Houston on Friday and hit REI’s famous garage sale Saturday morning. When I called the ranger station, I found out that “dry” has pros and cons. The weather is dry because of the climate there, but there is no water in the park, period. We’ll have to pack everything in or go back to the car everyday and re-supply. Ugh…

Weather for Fall Creek Falls (Spencer TN)

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Meanwhile, my friend Keri and I were going to my friend JoAnn’s house around Gramercy for the Christmas Eve bonfires. We have a couple of familys to visit, and I was looking forward to a great time. Unfortunately, it’s not looking like fire-building weather tomorrow either.

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We decided we’d just meet for coffee if nothing else, and she will just drive to New Orleans from there. I’m so disappointed.

To top it all off, the air conditioner is not working at my office. Yesterday, I dressed for my regular 32 degree office temperatures, and the temperature climbed all day long. One of my coworkers came over to my office, and she was in a full sweat. For some reason my office stayed reasonably cool until about 2:30, and I never got as hot as those in the middle of the building.  I was pretty miserable by the end of the day as temperatures climbed into the low 80s with me in my sweatshirt. I’ll be wearing summer clothes today as the temps inside – and outside – resemble those on an early summer picnic. … with 100% humidity.

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Ironically, I could easily camp next week in the Chicago area on Lake Michigan as warm as it’s going to be. So, I guess the distance we go has opened up. Initially, we were trying to stay south because it was winter. But, winter has very little relevance this week. We just need to find a place without monsoon-style rain. And, we will never know about rain until we get closer to the date. We’ve been trying to chase it, but one day Tennessee looks better. The next day Arkansas looks better. Texas – after the weekend – has always looked pretty good. And, of course, we can always do Kisatchie National Forest in our home state.

We are bound and determined to get away over the holiday. “I didn’t spend all of this money on hiking and camping gear to stay at home and look at my four walls,” Carryn said yesterday. Worst case, we are thinking of stopping in at REI in Houston and camping in their tents on the showroom floor. Surely they’d appreciate some folks doing a camping demo on a post-Christmas weekend!

Have a Merry Christmas, y’all. Don’t forget your rain gear. It’s going to be a wet one. I apologize that I planned a camping trip over Christmas. Looks look I ruined it for everybody.

P.S. Does anybody know a way to break a family rain curse?

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