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Had I known the rain *and* wind were going to be as bad as they were I don't think we would have gone. And the mud was bad. Remeber, my dear An Tirian friends, we in CA don't have drainage. So land turns to lakes and mud pits with rain. And this rain was steady, significant, and rarely stopped. And did I mention the wind? 50 m/h winds were coming in. By the time we broke camp after finals our stakes were starting to pull out, and we have some big-ass-zombie-kill'n stakes, let me tell you! Thank the deity of your choice we just had up sunshades and didn't try to sleep on site.

Didn't have out dinner. Stuff was all frozen, so I'll make more and we'll just have a bigger dinner at Mists Spring Coronet. I did give the finger to the weather gods by going ahead and baking bread onsite. A big shout-out thank you to [livejournal.com profile] joycebre for the use of her oven. :-) It was fun to share something warm with people when the environment was so wet and cold.

Poor Chloe. This was not the introduction to big SCA events that I had hoped she'd have. She was a super good girl and enjoyed meeting people and dogs. But she was so cold; she was shivering and miserable on her little bed. :-( We thawed her out in the Motel 6 and gave her mommydaddybedtime, but still. I'm joking now that when we start packing for the next SCA event Chloe will protest with a sign reading "Stop the Madness!" ;-)

On the plus side, I'm happy that Marc and Patricia won -- Long Live our new Crown Prince and Princess! My boy clothes outfit + long thermal underwear did the trick and I was comfortable all day. I got to spend a little time with people, and that was good. Unfortunately, much of our time was spent huddling out of the rain. We met a new person who took shelter with us for a while: Joan the Harper, who is becomeing Christian de Holacomb's apprentice. :-) And J/S measured [livejournal.com profile] back40joules for jousting armor -- yay for business and for [livejournal.com profile] back40joules! :-)

And J/S and I got to spend the weekend with Mogan A., who allowed us to take her in for the weekend. The three of us had hoped to do some merchanting at Crown, but that was just not in the cards. Some discussions about going up to An Tir and merchanting as a group project, though.

By the time we'd packed down in the rain and wind (most of the mud on J/S came from the flooring/tarps -- epic mud) we (especially Chloe) were *done*. I'd talked to [livejournal.com profile] aastg during the day, so I only felt a little guilty for bugging out on the Laurel meeting. So we were back at the Motel 6 before dark. Dinner with Luthold and Morgan at Applebees and a good time was had by all. The storm blowing through sounded *epic*, though. I'm glad we didn't try to drive home last night.

Now I'm looking forward to a much pleasanter Spring Coronet. :-)

Date: 2011-03-21 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gurdymonkey.livejournal.com
Yet another reason this event sucked: there were a lot of people who were there I simply did not get to socialize with because folks were hunkered down in what shelter there was and not visiting the way we normally can.

Glad you're all home and dry.

Date: 2011-03-21 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] callistotoni.livejournal.com
Word. Hope we can spend some time together at Coronet (or the next event we're both at). :-)

Date: 2011-03-21 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabella-dolfin.livejournal.com
Brion said Chole is adorable! I hope the doggy-babies can play again soon!

Date: 2011-03-21 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joycebre.livejournal.com
the bread was awesome and really hit the spot. We'll just have to make warmer clothes/bed/sleeping bag for Chloe. I have some nice red fleece we can use.

Date: 2011-03-21 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vittoriosa.livejournal.com
His Highness and I are doing our utmost to assure good weather for Coronet. :-)

Date: 2011-03-21 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hunrvogt.livejournal.com
About a month ago I was meeting with a salesman from OR down here in CA. She was driving in one of our typical CA winter storms. She admitted that it was really impressive. I've also had folks from the midwest say they couldn't understand why we closed out roads when it snowed, until they were in a storm in the Sierras. Heck when 8 lived in :+ we would get thunderstorms that would drop a bunch of rain so folks would just pull over. Here. We drive on. Stoopid droid ediitting. e drive through that rain or

Date: 2011-03-21 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falzalot.livejournal.com
I really wanted to go visit with you guys, but by the time I realized where you were, I was pretty much done for the day. And it didn't help that I spent most of the day writing a poem for His Highness. :->

Yes, please, let us have dry weather at Coronet!! Maybe if we all buy waterproof rain boots it will be dry to spite us. :->

Date: 2011-03-21 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thelbk.livejournal.com
Yes, the storm was pretty Epic in Yuba City Sat nite - I was very glad we didn't have to stay on site either.
Here's to a Coronet that I can actually catch up with you at!!

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