Sunday – November 23, 2014
Imperial Dam BLM
Well… we had heard about the strong winds that can prevail in the Arizona desert. We experienced it first-hand today. We awoke to another sunny day, with windy conditions. As the morning progressed, the wind picked up speed, very strong, steady winds, with gusts at around 35-45 mph.
Yesterday, we had set up our 10-foot square canopy to provide some shade at our campsite. As the wind speed increased, we could see the metal frame was flexing quite a bit under the strain from the wind blowing on the fabric top of the canopy and a fabric side curtain. Sharon and I were attempting to remove the side curtain fabric, but the wind was so strong, we had to lean into the wind to remain upright. Before we could remove the side fabric, the metal frame of the canopy collapsed into a large, twisted, metal heap. A neighbor, passing by, was kind enough to assist us while we removed the fabric top and side curtain from the twisted metal frame.
Needless, to say, the canopy is toast. The remains are now residing at a recycling center in Yuma, Arizona. We received $1.08 for the metal scrap! Looks like Christmas will come early as we go shopping for another canopy.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.