Feb. 9, 2012 Rainy Morning in the Rockies

Day 9

Rainy Morning in the Rockies

Feb 9, 2012 Painting A Day Project

Rainy Morning in the Rockies

“A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. “  –John Muir

We’ve been rained on, hailed on, sleeted on, and snowed on in the Rockies—all in the same day!  I wouldn’t trade those times for the world because those are some great memories.

We’ve been drenched by a sudden downpour on a hike.  We were so close to the top when the clouds just opened up.  We turned around and scrambled back down because we happened to be above the tree line—not somewhere you want to be during a rain/lightning storm.  I had to hurry and take my waterproof jacket off to cover my camera equipment.  Back at the truck, my hub thought it’d be funny to snap a few pics of me while I asked him to hold my camera so I could attempt to find a dry shirt….he thought I looked pretty pathetic…..after seeing the pics, I have to agree.  However, needless to say, I wasn’t happy with him at the time.  It took a while by the fire that night to finally warm back up I’ve learned my lesson there—now I always carry rain gear for not only me but my camera and I always take more layers than necessary, even on short hikes.

We’ve come back to camp to a collapsed tent due to a very wet (and heavy) snow.  I just busted up laughing—my hub didn’t find it so humorous.  What else can you do?  We brushed the snow off and the tent pretty much popped right back up.

We’ve watched a herd of elk move through a heavily frosted meadow, breathing “smoke”, and as they got close enough, we saw the hair on their backs was frozen.  Another time we came across a herd of elk coming down off the mountain as we were headed up (yes—that should’ve been a sign to us to go back down)—they appeared like ghosts out of the freezing fog.  They stopped and looked at us for a minute and then just disappeared.  The fog was so heavy and was basically “frosting” everything around.  It was amazing!

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