Sharing a hail storm

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After a day and a half of driving and less than an hour from camp, we drove through a serious hail storm in Colorado Springs, Colo. In a rental. Without purchasing the optional full coverage.

The first chunks of ice hit like bricks, slamming into the car. I was just waiting for one to crash through the windshield. As the storm intensified, the hail came faster, and we headed for a tree next to the road to wait it out. I caught the whole thing on a dashcam (see above).

Later, at the campsite after the storm passed through, we found ping-pong sized hailstones all over the ground.

Luckily, I wasn’t able to find any damage to the vehicle.


New Tent

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We bought a new tent last week and finally got around to setting it up yesterday.

We did a test run in the backyard next to the swing set. The tent isn’t anything too fancy, simple dome construction with good ventilation. It stows easily and fits six people, which means our family of four with gear.

It went up pretty easy. My 8 year old did most of it himself. Once the basic structure was up, he and his 4-year-old sister crawled in to check it out. My wife and I finished setting up the rain fly.

Now we have to find some time to go camping.

My daughter has been talking nonstop about camping ever since she got a Curious George book about the subject. She also has smores at pre-school