4am came pretty early. That’s when the wind shifted and the storm started coming from the West which is where our tent was facing. Normally this wouldn’t be that big of a deal but the soft sand made the setup fairly weak and our tent was designed like a wind tunnel.
The breeze was fantastic! I was actually getting cold, especially since our rainfly was now leaking after being wet for 3 days straight. It wasn’t a constant leak but instead a random light drop in your face every time you dozed off. This and the shaking of the tent like King Kong was outside made it a little hard to sleep.
I saw the neighbors turn on a light and they all started talking loudly. I heard their van door open and close and looked to see the light on in the car for a few minutes.
Just when I started to work on a plan for a getaway if the tent collapsed one corner of the rain fly came up and started flapping in the wind! Sandra was freaked, Duke was curious, Goblin didn’t know what to do and I nearly wiped out diving over Duke to get outside and try to catch the rainfly before it disappeared completely!
I didn’t have time for a plan, “Grab everything and let’s go to the car!”
It took about 2 min to get all of our wet stuff into the car. I tied the loose cord to our picnic table and jumped into the car too. After a few minutes of panting and giggling about the whole thing, I asked if Sandra noticed that our neighbor’s tent had collapsed. She didn’t but we couldn’t wait to see what else had happened when the sun came up. And believe it or not we got a little sleep before our alarm went off at 6 am.