Sunday, May 31, 2009

Rain, Rain

After having sat in the truck for almost 300 miles yesterday, we wanted to stretch our legs a bit today and get some exercise.  What we didn’t want to do was drive a long way to a trail.  We decided to go back to Spooner Lake trailhead and hike for a hour out then turn around.  That was just enough (about 4 miles) and we got to enjoy all those special views again.

There have been late afternoon thunderstorms in the forecast for several days.  Until yesterday, we had only gotten a sprinkle or two.  Really, there were so few drops that you could almost count them.  Yesterday, coming home from Sacramento, we got into a real thunderstorm as we crossed the mountain.  We had driven out of it in about 10 minutes.  Once we got to Carson City, there was no more rain, but the street was still wet.  I even had a nice size puddle in the seat of my lawn chair which was sitting on our patio.

We went for the hike not expecting to see any rain until late afternoon, however, shortly after lunch it was raining.  It didn’t last long, but it was enough for me to be glad I wasn’t still on the mountain.

We have been thrilled to see some rain.  This is the first rain we have had since San Antonio in February.  I’m not counting that little snow shower we had in Albuquerque during the Rally.  Snow doesn’t count as rain.  I went out with the camera for a few shots of the dark sky, but they didn’t turn out too well.

We have enjoyed a relaxing afternoon and look forward to more of the same this evening.

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