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Heavy Hail Hike

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by merlin, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. merlin

    merlin

    Oct 12, 2010
    Northern New Mexico
    Merlin Emrys
    A solo hike this afternoon, despite mostly cloudy skies. Had not been on this trail in several months, and was once again amazed by the tall trees, rock formations, arroyos, and a few wildflowers.

    But about 15 minutes inbound to the parking area, a huge thunderstorm, with heavy hail, caught me unawares. Fortunately I found a bit of shelter under a huge Ponderosa Pine, and managed to don my raingear before getting soaked.

    It was quite something to watch the windblown sheets of hail and rain, and my head smarted from some of the impacts. It lasted about 20 minutes, and by that time the ground was completely covered with white stuff, and the trail and arroyos were rushing rivers.

    It was an exhilarating adventure, though, and made for a good story.

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  2. Lucky you found that tree to get under. That #5 shot demonstrates the drive that tree had to grow there, it looks like an impossible arrangement.
     
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  3. merlin

    merlin

    Oct 12, 2010
    Northern New Mexico
    Merlin Emrys
    Thanks, Rick. Lucky is right! But I know the trail fairly well, and that there were some huge ponderosas not far away.

    The tenacity of these trees is amazing!
     
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