Oh, did I forget to mention that we escaped our watery camp at Catalina? Here’s the conclusion to our Water Wonderland story.
Although it continued to rain intermittently Saturday night, we weren’t worried about our prospects of leaving the Park on Sunday. The big front-end loader seemed to have things well in hand by the time they quit moving sand around late Saturday, so we figured that it would be just a matter of catching up again on Sunday morning. Correct! John wandered over to the blocked area around 7am, as we could hear the machinery roaring back to work. Cars and trailers were already lined up to leave. Although the road wasn’t yet opened enough for anyone to get through, he reported that it probably would be ready in a couple of hours.So, we packed up all of our wet, muddy crap as best we could. Our wet awning weighed triple its usual amount. And the woven patio mat was loaded with sand. Water funneled out of it as we tried to sweep and fold it up. Ugh – wet camping stuff sucks! By 9am, we were hitched and ready to roll.
All the vehicles lined up early were already gone, so we were first in line. The big orange loader backed right up to our front bumper and gave John the sign to stay right on his rear bucket. He dropped the front bucket, started up, and we followed in the huge wake he created. The driver gave us a huge smile and a thumb’s up. We were free!
We found out that Mt. Lemmon received 5″ of rain in the storm, compared to the 1″ received by the Tucson area in general. That explains the huge volume of water we experienced, as Catalina State Park sits right at the foot of Mr. Lemmon.
So, now we’re in our rental house for the month of February. It’s a different pace. Surprisingly, we seemed to have filled up this large space (as well as the big garage) with our stuff, which we’ve since managed to dry out. The Fireball is in storage, sitting out at a dusty lot on the edge of town, awaiting its new refrigerator, which has been ordered and is on its way. We’ve reconnected with old cycling and hiking friends, and plans have been made. This will be a memorable month.