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Sunday, June 20, 2010

It’s Raining….. NOT

What is the very best thing to do on a hot Saturday morning in a campground?? I hope you said “get wet and cool off” because that is exactly what the kids in our campground got to do this morning.

About 10:00 this morning we saw a big red fire truck pull into the campground and park at the Trading Post.  The Pine Mountain Fire Department is a volunteer fire department and one of the long time firemen is Wayne Holloway, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Pine Mountain. He drove the truck this morning and went around announcing to the families that he was going to make it rain at 11:30.….. at least 1,000 gallons worth.

The kids quickly got into their swimsuits or just wore whatever they wanted and made their way to the Trading Post. At precisely 11:30 the rain began. Wayne and another volunteer fireman started the giant spray and the kids ran and danced around in the water.DSC_3054 DSC_3056 They had a great time and the more they squealed with delight the more other kids started to arrive.

It doesn’t take long for 1,000 gallons of water to be emptied. I am sure they could have played in the water for hours but all good things run out….and the water ran out. Wayne did have free water guns for all the kids so they left with their own equipment for water   fun. DSC_3058 Thank goodness it wasn’t water balloons. Only another camp host could understand that one.

It was a good thing the Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire Department decided to make it rain because that is ALL the rain we got today. It was a good day…lots of sunshine and many, many happy families.

We hope your weekend was a happy one also


  1. What fun! I've never experienced fire truck "rain", especially a a campground.

  2. What a fun idea!! Those kids will remember that for the rest of their lives!

    Forget water balloons..try 15 teenagers with can after can of shaving cream. When we got up the next morning the cream was still alive and well. It doesn't dissolve without water. The camp host lent us some hoses and said dissolve it! What a

    Cindy and Walker

  3. I used to do the same thing when I was Chief at Lake Sherwood, on holiday weekends when the campground was full of kids, I would go and get our original 58 Mack pumper, which had been retired in full working order, It only held 500 gallons but I would make a run to the hydrant a couple times and the kid's would have about an hour of play. After I retired they sold the pumper to a church, because of the $600 dollar a year insurance on it. Go Figure, they gave up part of their history ( 1st fire truck ) for little or nothing. I will never understand the bean counters. Brought back wonderful memories and yes the kids do remember it, this Memorial day some of the kids that are bigger now asked if I could get the fire truck, and I had to tell them it was gone. My Grandson couldn't believe that Grandpa used to squirt the kids with a fire engine. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  4. My gosh what a wonderful fun idea for the kids! And I bet the firemen had fun creating the *rain* too.

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  5. So, how come the camp hosts weren't out there leading the "dancing in the rain"? :)

  6. That is a really great idea. Something about watching kids have fun like that just makes you feel good all over.

    Thanks for joining our blog. I'll try to keep it interesting.

    --Rod & Connie

  7. What a great idea! I'm sure all the kids there had a ton of fun.

    I tried to make a comment yesterday on your post about camp hosting and my computer wouldn't let me. I just wanted to say that what you wrote was very interesting and informative. For those of us that have not done any camp hosting it explained your jobs very well.

    Have a nice Father's Day!

  8. Neat idea, was Mike one of the kids I saw in the pictures?


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