We had been on our way to the creek near our homes, not the good creek thirty minutes away but the creek with the very low water levels and the tattooed and pierced youths of our one horse town hang out on the weekend.
The water levels looked even lower and more stagnant than usual and the teenagers were looking more pierced and surly than we felt like dealing with so as it began to sprinkle just slightly and we were thinking of taking our hike some where else.
Ow! My head! I wish I'd worn a hat now!"
Lessandra's blond and red hair is gorgeous and curly as usual but soaking wet. We both kind of have that wet drowned dog look about ourselves.
We are trying to survive an intense summer thunder storm, huddled under a scrub oak tree and its doing very little to protect us from dime size hail.
It just was not letting up at all and the puny scrub oak was doing nothing to protect us at this point.
We made the joint decision to try and head back to the car even though the thunder was rumbling like mad and the hail and rain was pouring down. I felt bad for my friend who had been working to build this trail for months with other local residents and we were watching now as rivers ran down the trail, eroding the nice trail and just turning it into swampy puddles.
It was these icy swampy puddles we were running through as we tried to make our way the mile back to the car but it was just way to painful.
Luckily we saw two boulders kind of v'ed up against each other. It wasn't a big shelter but it was big enough for two scrawny trail runners to huddle under and wait out the storm.