Although none of my activities so far have been impacted by the usually over night rains, today was an exception. I cross the bridge that was flooded last week while finding the water level more normal.
A cloudy day with rain forecast for the afternoon. On the distant hill, a lone sunny area stands out. I was headed for 7 Falls, a 9 mile round trip hike.
Clouds were building to the south and once I entered Bear Canyon on the center-left, I'd lose the ability to see what was approaching. I encountered a hiking buddy coming the other direction and she said she was bugging out. I kept going and saw.....
….a baby, dreaded Jumping Cholla emerging to some day inflict pain on me.
I crossed a stream and decided to check radar. Uh-oh and an advisory was posted for imminent severe weather. I turned around and once exiting the canyon, could see rain in the distance and was entertained by many lighting bolts as I returned.
I had considered staying at home and riding but my home is just over that sun drenched ridge and clouds were thickening there too. I jogged some, rain began pelting me and I jogged harder. Just before reaching the visitor center shelter at Sabino Canyon.....
….it began pouring and......
….pouring. This was the last gasp of rain for the month and was it a good one. However.....
….I am encouraged by the forecast. A return to normal. Got a really good hike coming Friday and a hike tomorrow evening to watch the moon rise over the mountains with 14 others.