To Camp or Not to Camp that’s the Question.
As the month of May draws to a close and June and the chance of a decent spell of weather looms into view, I feel myself becoming apprehensive about when to go camping. Having spent a lot of money off season on properly equipping my new tent with all the things I need to improve on last years expedition, I know find myself playing the waiting game with the British Weather.
Typical of the British Weather of which there is nothing typical or predictable, the temperature and rainfall has been fluctuating all month. Just when it seems that summer and warmth has arrived, hopes are dashed by single digit overnight temperatures followed by days of unending rain and drizzle.
Whilst I don’t want to become a fair weather camper, I really don’t fancy sitting in a field for any duration of time whilst it is cold and wet. But I find myself wanting to get going and start my new season off, I am not sure if I should wait for better weather or just go for it and ignore the weather.
For those of you whom have never been camping, it is a brilliant and liberating way to spend a few days so long as it is warm and dry. There is nothing worse than been trapped in a tent in inclement weather. Especially when you are 6′ 4″ tall and the only place you can stand straight is one spot in the centre of the tent. The rest of the time is spent performing Emu impressions as you stoop and duck your way around the tent. Of course when it is sunny and dry you are able to sit outside your canvas abode and enjoy your surroundings to the fullest.
So what to do? I really don’t want to venture off and have a miserable time counting raindrops running down the thin slits of windows that adorn the front of my polyurethane prison. But in the same way I don’t want to wait and wait for a good spell of weather, only to find it never occurs and I miss my chance.
So is patience the best policy here or should I throw caution to the wind and trust to the gods of weather and chance a soaking in the Peak District. I think this will be something that I ponder over for quite a while yet and who knows there may be a heatwave whilst I am deep in thought, of course by heatwave I mean in British terms, so 3 or 4 days of sun and blue skies where you don’t need to don a coat and sweater just to venture out!
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