Our annual August trip to Hattiesburg was this week. Tracey and I opted for the first 3 days of a 5 day show. While I missed a few days of work it also gave me the weekend at home to relax and recover from the stair exercise that comes with showing in the Hattiesburg arena.
Getting there this week was non eventful. I drove out to Tracey's so we could transfer my dogs and stuff into her SUV and camper. We beat rush hour traffic heading east on I-12 and arrived during daylight hours to set up. The RV park at the arena is the nicest we stay at as it has grass areas and sits on a lake.
|Tracey's camper as we parked in Hattiesburg|
|Grace's Open Fast Q (1st Place)|
We had a bit more excitement on Thursday afternoon than anticipated. It began thundering prior to Grace's FAST run which was one of the last events of the day. As soon as Grace finished Tracey and I planned to load up and head to the camper to beat the rain. While I ran down to verify that Grace's Q made it to the scorekeeper, Tracey grabbed the 3 smallest dogs (2 beagle girls and 1 dachshund) and walked toward the SUV. Tracey had almost made it to the barn where the SUV was parked before the sky opened up and the fury began. Tracey dragged the 3 dogs into the barn and had to huddle in the middle of the barn floor listening to a wind howl like a freight train as the rain and hail swirled around her (picture Dorothy in Kansas before she lands in Oz). Meanwhile I had gotten back to our crates and leashed up Spice and Grace. I opened to door to leave the arena headed to the SUV just as the fury began - I turned around and recrated the girls because going outside was not an option.
|arena widow view during storm|
|Storm Damage Near Arena|
|Walking to the barn after the storm|
|Painted skies and rainbows followed the storm.|