A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

No Idea Where We Will Sleep

Bowbells, North Dakota pop. 301

We left Carpio not knowing where we would wind up.  Could be simply a truck stop.   We passed by the town of Kenmare without even looking.  I just wasn’t feeling it.  Further on up the highway we came upon Bowbells.  Time for lunch so I pulled off the highway.  We came upon their little park.  A good place to take a break.  I drove around the block and lo and behold they had camper parking!

It was next to their city pool.  I am always impressed with these little towns that can afford to go the route and dig a pool for the kids to enjoy.

Oh my!  The restroom has a shower.  Well this changes things.

I knew ahead that we would be in for a severe thunderstorm with possible damaging hail that evening.  One spot off to the side had full on shade all day.  That would be a welcoming relief from the hot sun.  And maybe at night those trees will shield us a bit from the hailstorm.
So we stayed.

With little sun hitting the solar panels I knew they wouldn’t be able to keep the batteries charged up.
So for only the second time this year I went through the bother to plug in.

Now I could get some work done on the laptop.  
My workspace needs a bigger table.  Or maybe I just need a smaller cat.

At eleven that night the tornado sirens in town went off.  The neighbors across the road were standing outside looking up.  Is that what I was supposed be doing?  Then I thought what if I have to leave?   I went outside in the rain and whipping wind to unplug that electrical cord and stuff it back into the compartment.  Back inside throughly drenched I dried off and waited, watching what the neighbors would do.  Things settled down, I got tired watching them and went back to bed.


Debby said...

Oh, Beans will have quite the catitude when she reads the part about a smaller cat! Outrage will ensue! ("What? Are you saying I'm fat??????")

Tornadoes are scary and random. I pretty much ignore weather alerts. I do not ignore tornado alerts.

Barbara Rogers said...

There's no tornado shelter offered at the campgrounds? Pooh on them. I think I would have been in the shower room until an all clear.There's warnings and watches, and I never remember which one means tornado sighted coming your way...