the storm got worse and worse and it didn’t look good. then we went around a big curve and there was a ranger / camping outpost, with a gas station. the grocery store had just closed so we weren’t going to eat dinner (though i did have an apple in my bag) but at least there was a place to camp. we waited for the rain to break for long enough to get to a camp site and put up the tent. we camped by the river and our stakes wouldn’t stay in the ground because it was all sand. we lined the outside of the tent with big rocks so it would have the necessary tension to stay up. “think the tide is going to come in?" "do rivers have tides?" "is that a river or a lake?” none of these questions mattered because by that point we weren’t going anywhere else.
the light really was that yellow/orange. very cool and strange to see a sunset through a thunderstorm. there was another huge rainbow behind us.
i woke up in the morning and there was a hammer laying next to me. alex pulled it out in the middle of the night because he heard something outside the tent. awesome.