We got hammered by the weather. This year is one for the record books. 😣
Tuesday afternoon saw light drizzle becoming rain about 6pm. We were camped in our tents by then and it was nothing more than an annoyance.
Wednesday began with awesome blue skys and cool weather, perfect for hiking. Sadly, it didn’t last. By 10 am the hail started. We were at 10,000ft and the light hail continued to dog us all afternoon.
We reached Trail Pass and descended to Horseshoe Meadows where we were to meet Floyd (Turtles brother) who has our Bear Canisters and food.
The storm intensified and really opened up as we arrived. The Lightning was intense! Nothing like having lightening strike within 50ft to wake you up. Turtle and his nephew had a bolt hit the ground between them as they were hiking. The high valley received so much rain and hail that it looked like snow and there was standing water everywhere.
We couldn’t even find spots to pitch tents, so we threw in the towel and drove into Lone Pine for the night to dry off.
It looks like today will be a repeat of Wednesday, so we don’t know when we will be back on the trail. The group will discuss our plans later today.
Pictures: Here we started a fire to drive away the chill. Bill (Marilyn) and Skip (Professor) looking wet.
Names to faces! From left down:
- HalfFast (me!)
- Fire Ant
- Wesley (turtle’s nephew)
From the right side, down:
- Mother Goose
- Some guy