[twitter]The project was much bigger in my mind’s eye.
When we went camping last weekend, I packed a long boxes of bright orange track with the idea of building a Hot Wheels track in Dinosaur Provincial Park. The towering hoodoos and dusty sandstone would tower over the setup like Monument National Park in Arizona acting as a Route 66 drag strip.
That was the idea anyway.
The weather was terrible when we were camping. Intermittent showers made hiking into the badlands slick and muddy. The campsite itself was covered in puddles. Hot Wheels is an ‘inside toy’ and I didn’t want to get too wild with the sets and end up with the cars bogged down with grit and sand their first time down the track. So we kept it simple.
It’s a good thing I went simple. After plotting out our track and running loops for half an hour, I turned and looked behind me to see a huge foreboding cloud pounding its way south.
“Pick up the track!” I directed the boys, and we ripped everything apart as quickly as we had put it together. We closed the trunk and scurried in to our tent just in time to watch another downpour cruise by.
I guess I should have put out the Sharkbite Bay splash track…
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