We took our first camping trip in July. The weather was beautifully warm and sunny, with a few puffy white clouds passing by. On our second afternoon, the clouds looked bigger than normal. We found out why when, at supper time, we heard distant thunder. We saw some other campers running around and picking up gear. We wisely took the hint and rushed to finish dinner. Then we picked things up a bit and got into the tent, just as it began to rain cats and dogs. We were lucky to finish dinner in time. On our next trip, we’ll have a good rain fly to eat under. The next day we visited other campers who had rain flies, and learned a few good tips from those whose flies held up to the storm, and from those who had their rain flies blow away in the windy gusts.