I woke up about 5:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and it was pouring rain. I finally got out of bed just after 7:00 a.m. and it was raining cats and dogs. In all of the years that we have been going to Almanor, I have never seen it rain that hard. I stood on the porch with a cup of coffee and watched it rain. Tomasin joined me and we both sat there shaking our heads. Tomasin had some concerns about the boats. It had been raining for several hours and John was concerned about how much water was collecting in the boats. At this point, there was an amazing amount of water running off the cabins and running through across the Dorado Inn grounds.
It took us a little more than 30 minutes to get Tomasin's boat out of water. By the time that we were done, I was soaked and cold.
We spent the next two hours loading up the trucks and cleaning out the cabins in the rain. The Wallens left a little after 9:00 a.m.; they were planning to make the run all the way back to Seattle in one jump, probably a fifteen or sixteen hour trip. The rain finally started to let up after 9:30 a.m. By 10:00 a.m., everyone was loaded up and ready to go.
In past years, we have usually spent the morning on the lake skiing one last time; it was wierd to be packed and ready to go so early. We caravaned with the Tomasin's and Bachman's down the Feather River Canyon to Oroville. At this point, we split up and headed for home.