Camping has always been one of my favorite outdoor activities, and when I went camping in July this summer, it made me love it more! I went to Chamberlain, South Dakota to camp out on the Missouri River for a family vacation. Rarely does my entire family get to go out and do something since we’re spread around the states but we managed to find the time and something we all loved to do. We were so excited for the week that we all had everything ready 2 days in advance. We packed up the tents, the sleeping bags, the cooler full of food and finally the boat and started out on an adventure. We checked the weather to make sure it was going to be sunny for the 3 days that we were there.
On the first night there, I was awaken by the thunder rumbling in and was told to move towards the center of the tent so I didn’t get wet. Although I was a little afraid it didn’t compare to how afraid my aunt was. To lighten the mood, my mom and I had told her jokes and brought up so many childhood memories to relax her. Not only did it work she couldn’t stop laughing and forgot all about the tiny wind that was blowing outside. The next morning we got up and started getting ready for the fun filled day, there were no clouds in sight and the sun was beating down so we decided to take out the boat to do a little fishing and tubing. Everyone had got so sunburned we looked like we could have been painted red.
The night after that, we were listening to the radio in a car because it looked like some clouds were coming in and we were wondering what we had in store. All we heard were warnings and watches for tornados for Oacoma County which was where we were. The wind started increasing and it got colder. To protect the tents we had to park our cars around so the wind wouldn’t blow them down. We didn’t worry too much because the radio said it would be about 2 hours before anything happened. So to enjoy the last day of camping we all got together and made smores till they were all gone. The time came when the storm was supposed to hit us and it hit us hard. We moved all luggage, coolers, and sleeping bags into my car which is a Durango and into the boat. My grandparents sat in their truck to wait the storm out, while 6 of us lay in the back of my car. We had to move locations and leave the tents behind because it started to hail.
We were all trying to make the best of the last day my mom, brother and I had in South Dakota so we talked about the highs of the week and happy thoughts, the stupid stuff we did and the jokes we made. It really made me calm down and stop worrying about the items we left in the tents, whether they were going to be there when we got back. I had all I needed in life and that it didn’t matter if an air mattress wasn’t going to make it through. We got back and the tents were down so we slept the night in my car but I didn’t care. We were all safe and will have a story to tell for a lifetime to come.
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