MELISSA, Texas — Life is full of firsts, isn’t that correct. First born. First kiss. First traffic ticket.
How about this? First recreational vehicle setup in the middle of a ferocious North Texas thunder and hailstorm.
Yep, my wife and I cleared that “first” with mixed results.
Our day started out calmly and peacefully as we pulled out of our RV campsite just north of Beaumont, where we had visited with some of our many good friends. We hooked our RV up to our truck, shoved off and headed north to this community just north of Dallas.
We arrived under a darkening sky. We need to navigate our way through some road construction, pulled into the RV park where we had reservations.
Then it happened. The sky opened up. And it poured torrents of rain. The thunder roared. The lightning flashed.
Before we got out of our truck after we pulled into our reserved space, the hail began pelting — no, pummeling — our vehicles. The hailstones were size of agate marbles, man! They beat the daylights out of us.
I sought to unhook the truck from the fifth wheel, plug in the water line and hook up the electricity.
We fled inside the RV. We decided to wait it out. The hail didn’t stop. The noise was deafening. We had to shout at each other to be heard over the roar. Toby the Puppy was frightened. Heck, I was scared. So was my wife. We wanted it to end, I’m tellin’ ya.
The hail then began to subside. Aha! I’ll take another pass outside at finishing the setup.
That was a mistake! I stepped outside. The hail returned in full pummel mode. It beat on my noggin. I lowered my head to keep my face from getting pounded by the hail … and then I walked smack into the tempered-steel fifth wheel hitch on the front of our RV.
I cut my face in two places: on the bridge of my nose and on my forehead. Yes, it bled! My wife was horrified. She pulled me inside the RV, applied an ice pack wrapped in a dish cloth.
The end of this tale? Well, the hail stopped. We finished setting up. The blood stopped coming out of the cuts on my face.
OK, there’s a glimmer of good news. Our pickup didn’t suffer any hail damage; nor did the fifth wheel.
We know this is only a first-time event. It won’t be an only-time happening. Hey, we live in Texas, where the weather is spectacularly unpredictable.
Our journey will continue.