Rain, Rain Go Away

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, FL

I’m dry. Sitting in bed. Thinking about my day. Shower. Read my book club book. The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspeak. (It’s a good mystery that takes place in London during the WWII blitz.) Turkey Chili for dinner.

It’s been raining at Hanna Park in Jacksonville for three days straight. Three sunless wet days. It started as intermittent sprizzing. Yesterday, the rain was steady, but the drops seemed to be widely spaced. Today, it’s a tropical torrent. Even Django the dog wasn’t much interested in his 7 a.m. walk.

Rain is part of outdoor life.

It’s also surprisingly rare these days. We have traveled off and on for 5 months in the trailer since January 2021. This is our first real rain spell. In the past, rain was a nighttime phenomenon. Or it happened for an hour and a rainbow emerged.

Rainbow at Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs Arkansas. 2021.

The three best things about rain is:

1. It will stop, precipitously, at 1 p.m. The sun will come out, and a walk will be our reward.

2. It drives out the fair weather campers, so the campground is sparsely populated.

3. We aren’t in a tent.


  1. Enjoy. I never minded Florida rain. Didn’t enjoy the humidity afterwards. It’s pouring here too and I love hearing the sound of the rain on the roof.

    I love the Maise Dobbs books. Almost finished with the first in the series.

    Miss you.


  2. I would add a #4 that is “Recharges the groundwater.” Like pretty much every state, Florida has also been in a long drought. Ironically, it rains a lot here in the Pacific Northwest and yet we are still in a drought because we cannot keep our snowpack on the mountains as long as we used too. Forty years ago you could still see some snow on the highest peaks in in August, now it’s usually all melted way before the end of June arrives.


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