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Monday May 20 #


I thought I would try to get out for some orienteering today, and while the weather forecast didn't look great, neither did it look bad, and I thought if I got out by mid-afternoon, I'd probably be okay. However, even before noon there were some very dark clouds overhanging the Range. The weather radar made it look like the clouds were likely to move on, but in fact they didn't and just got darker. It looked like it might be worse on the other side of the Summit, and so I revised plans and decided to just run trails at Happy Jack.

And headed out in early afternoon, stopping at the grocery store on the way. When I came out of the store and looked east again, it really didn't look good. But, I had checked the weather map again and it hadn't shown much more coming into the area, so I was optimistic that what was up top would either dissipate or move on.

Even when raindrops started hitting my windshield halfway up the canyon I wasn't dissuaded, and I kept on going for the parking lot at Tie City. By then some amount of slush was mixing in with the rain--maybe half melted snow, or slushed hail, probably snow though.

At the parking lot there was a car by the gate, a Forest Service truck by the car, and another vehicle inside the gate--which had to be Forest Service also, since the gate was shut. My guess/hope was a crew was out clearing trails, since nobody was in sight. But it couldn't have been much fun, because now the weather became plain execrable, with strong wind sweeping in fog from the north and the rain/slush mix getting heavier.

After waiting for about 20 minutes for the weather to improve, and seeing things still only getting worse, I abandoned all plans to run trails and headed home.

I know there might be some people out there saying "there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes" or something like that, but a) I didn't see any of those folks out there, b) I said it was execrable weather, and not bad weather, and there's a difference, and c) there's such a thing as common sense. And common sense says that if you're going to subject yourself to misery, you ought to at least be getting paid very well for it. ; )

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