I’ve been into car camping recently with my family. We’ve had tons of fun doing it and I’ve had tons of fun trying out builds and gear for my 20-year old, but recently acquired LC100.
We camped out at The Beach Garage Campgrounds in Lian, Batangas. The super typhoon (Rai) that hit a significant part of our country has just passed. The water level in the beach garage is uncomfortably high now. The ocean actually ate a huge – and I do mean HUGE – part of the campsite.
I’m not even sure how long this campsite will last if the landmass of this campsite gets pummelled away by the sea at this rate. For now, we are thoroughly enjoying God’s creation and just being here at this moment.
The first night seemed ok. It was raining and our tent, awning, annex- almost everything got wet as we set things up.
We finally finished up and had a simple dinner and then went to bed.
The wind is not usually much feared. When there are strong winds, we sometimes enjoy basking in the breeze. But when you’re camping and your awning and tents are out and set-up, it’s a bit terrifying to think that it can destroy and rip through your setup.
I woke up numerous times in the frequent, disturbing and flapping sounds of our gear being blown by gales and gales of wind. And I can’t help but think to myself “Are our stuffs broken already? Is it holding on?” We are talking around 40KPH of wind slamming through the gear and creating some scary noise.
And then I realized that there’s pretty much nothing I can do about it. Who holds the wind?
“Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!” – Proverbs 30:4 (Emphasis mine)
“He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the LORD God Almighty is his name.” – Amos 4:13 (Emphasis mine)
So I said a prayer to God to watch over our gear and ourselves and to give me peace that night so I can finally get a good night’s rest.
And just like that, I got to sleep soundly.
The morning after, I was called by my wife, Apple. She was telling me that the awning has ripped. I was a bit surprised that it did – considering it’s a high quality awning. Apparently awning vs 40kph winds, the awning will rip.
Ultimately, the tear wasn’t so bad but I’m not sure if I can have it repaired. I’m not experienced in awning stitchings.
We wrapped the awning up before more of it would tear but I was warned that there was a storm coming later. I’m now thinking if we should pack up and go home before the timed storm forecast arrives.
I guess I’m just writing this down here to remind myself in the future and to share with you, my reader – that things may break even if you ask God for help – but the peace you receive from Him is priceless.