I've not been around in a while, but nevertheless...here I am.
Just spent a week at T.L. Storer Scout Reservation with my Troop. I ran into another forum member out there (Ginixia), but that's another story.
Of the 6 nights at camp, I managed to hang for half of those. Sunday night was just too busy; I didn't set up until Monday. Monday and Tuesday were delightful nights under the stars in my rig.
But then it rained Wednesday evening. I retreated to my tent since I never bothered to rig a tarp in the early going. I certainly did that Thursday and was back out for part of the night. (But I couldn't find the sweet spot - I eventually went back to my bunk.)
And then Friday, I was enjoying a fine evening when a squall decided to blow through. Since I was under a jury-rig, I wasn't feeling that secure in the wind, so I retreated to my tent again. Good thing, too - everything got soaked.
I was in a Grand Trunk ultralight with a big old tent rain fly bashed together over it with miles of rope and sticks and poles. Two things are clear after this week....I need a real rainfly, and I'm sure as hell upgrading to that Night Owl before the fall season. (But on the other hand, my old "mosquito bar" tied to the ridgeline worked like a charm.)
Pix after I upload them!