Be very suspicious of nice looking green grass!
Just before arriving in Enix (where we are now) we did a mammoth 150km (90 mile) day. We arrived in Roquetas de Mar pretty much whacked at gone 10.30pm. It didn’t matter though because we knew of a perfect spot for putting up tent from a previous visit to the area. An area consisting of acres of lush green grass promising the kind of luxurious comfort to lie on we hadn’t had for a while, especially when compared to some of the camping spots we’d had no choice but to use over the past few weeks. So up went the tent, out came the sleeping bags and in no time we both fell into an exhaustion induced coma like sleep.
Until 3 am that is when all hell was let loose… we were woken by a horrendously loud hissing sound coming from all directions.. I leapt up and just as I was about open the tent door the hissing turned into spluttering then all became clear….
Yes, we were camped in the middle of a sprinkler system and we were getting jet washed from all directions!!!..
Jets had popped up out of the ground and were sweeping back and forth and spraying us in all directions.. On the whole the tent stood up to the battering with just one, quite close jet, lining up perfectly with a downward facing vent which proved a little problematic shall we say!! I attempted several ‘missions’ to stop the onslaught. With the use of ‘precision timing’ and carrying a variety of objects aimed at covering the offending jet such as waterproof bags, waterproof jackets and kitchen sink (yes we have a folding kitchen sink!), I dashed out of the tent, ran up from behind and then jumping on the jet attempted to cover it. But all my efforts were in vain as all succumbed to the force of water and got propelled 10 feet skyward across the grass!! It must have been quite a funny site to anyone watching, to see me running around in my underpants, diving on to the ground and then seeing all these things flying away up into the air.
So there we sat, as the jets swung back and forth robbing us of sleep until finally they stopped 30 minutes later and peace was restored…
So… if you see green grass in an area known as Europe’s first desert!!!