The Parachute Diaries: Saturday Morning: 30 second burn time

The one thing about boiling hot, cloudless days that lead into cloudless nights is that they result in very cold overnight temperatures as all the heat in the ground gets sucked up into the air and vanishes off into space.

Trying to sleep overnight in my tent was a challenging experience. I had deliberately left my winter sleeping bag in my car because it is way too hot, but my summer sleeping bag has the opposite issue. In the end I slept in my sleeping bag liner, summer sleeping bag, and in the middle of the night I put on a hoodie, well tried to, I got one arm in, and then fell asleep, I woke up in the morning very entangled in clothes.

I woke up on the dot of sunrise. 6am, but managed to snooze until 8am when the morning sound check was done on the Mainstage and the heat inside the tent got too much to bear.

I had a quick breakfast and then went off to the Mainstage for worship at the morning meeting with other mates from church. After the worship I headed back to take a shower.

The mainstage during the morning meeting
The mainstage during the morning meeting

Mark de Jong, CEO Parachute Music speaking at the morning meeting
Mark de Jong, CEO Parachute Music speaking at the morning meeting

The crowd at the Morning Meeting
The crowd at the Morning Meeting

Another view of the mainstage
Another view of the mainstage
The mainstage as seen from my tent
The mainstage as seen from my tent

My cunning plan was to avoid the shower queues first thing in the morning and grab one when most people were listening to the morning message at the Mainstage. My idea fell apart when I discovered that I was one of many who had this plan and ended up in a queue for over half an hour for a shower.

To make matters worse the Hallensteins slogan of ‘It’s good to be a guy’ has the opposite meaning at Parachute. In terms of showers it means there are 3 times as many female showers as there are male showers. So while the girls had no queue the men were having a great time burning in the sun while waiting for their six minutes of watery solace.

After that epic adventure I spent the rest of the morning chilling with mates at my tent.