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365 Days Ago, or So.

We’re at a Department of Conservation campsite in the middle of nowhere. Adrenaline is pounding in our heads because 1) we dove off the ledge (well, I jumped… Alfalfa sort of… flailed) and 2) el L was busted with 3 kilos of rice strapped to her guts. But now we’re safe in the beat up Pulsar looking for a good spot to pop the tent. It’s raining and getting really dark, really fast. We decide to wait for a break in the weather. eL L ventures into the woods to find the latrine and returns with some negative remarks. By now it’s pitch black. We’re parked between Lake Gunn and a rushing river. Rain really pours now. It’s too late and too far to drive for a developed Holiday H site.

We wait. The windows fog and we feast on emergency peanut butter sandwiches – a cuisine which I normally would’ve hated but considering our circumstances, it tastes pretty good. We play a game of Yahtzee. I, the unlikeliest of contenders, win a game. The rain keeps coming. I’m afraid that if we fall asleep, the Pulsar will be swept into Lake Gunn. Not that sleep is an option, the rain is pounding so loudly on the roof. We spread sleeping bags throughout the car and though el L begs to change seats, I do not cede. The back seat is *mine*.

I change into my pajamas. Well, am in the middle of changing into my pajamas when I realize I have to GO. Although there’s a pop-up camper parked 100 feet away from us with a lantern shining in their window, I figure the rest of the wood is dark enough. I jump out of the car in simply a rain jacket and sneakers and, ass to the world, follow the sounds of gushing water to the River Gunn.


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