Tuesday, August 22
Tentsite at Mile 1764.8 to Stream & Tentsites, Mile 1796.8
NOTE: I was able to retrieve some of my rejected and duplicate photos from a deleted photos folder in my Photos app so I’ve included them here….keep in mind they may have been taken on days before or after this one…
I am walking up on the ridge, trying to push through the last few miles of the day. It’s either cloudy or smoky, I don’t know which one. And it’s about to get dark. I remember the forecast from my InReach device. It called for rain between 8pm and 10pm. The usual 10% chance. It would really be bad timing for this forecast to be right.
I continue to climb up the ridge line. I have about a half mile more to the top. A spark of lightning flicks through the sky. I jump, curse…. And quicken my step. As I round the top of the ridge just before the descent, another lightning bolt illuminates the sky. And then comes the thunder. Shit!
A man is huddled in the trees up here and he’s decided to pack up and head down. On the second switchback down, the sprinkles begin. I have 1 mile to go. I’m not too worried about the sprinkles. It hasn’t rained more than 10 minutes in the 4 months I’ve been on the PCT.
I crawl in to my tent and zip my fly closed. Almost instantly, my tent lights up from a very close flash of lightning, then the loud thunder rolls in, followed by buckets and buckets of rain. It rains. Real rain.
I could not have timed it more perfectly! We are having a full blown thunderstorm, rain and all. The whole thing lasts about 30 minutes. There were a few moments I got concerned but there’s not much of anything that can be done. So I just lay back and listen.
Gonna let the pictures say the rest. Gotta get some sleep.