April 18-19


Distance hiked: 8.3 miles


At nearly the last minute my husband and I decided to pack up and go backpacking this weekend. I started strong, but after almost two miles my energy plummeted and I began to feeling nauseous. (In retrospect, this was the beginning of a symptom flare.) We stopped for a long rest, taking off our packs and stretching out on the large granite out-croppings near the trail. We both feel asleep, and after our nap we left the trail and headed out cross-country, heading for a lake that we could see in the distance.

When we started our hike there had been only a few small wisps of clouds in the sky, but as we continued on the clouds grew large, dense, and dark. Soon rain began to fall. I stopped to put on my rain jacket. Even though the rain was not heavy, I wanted to stay as dry as possible in case the rain continued all afternoon. My husband elected to hike on without his rain jacket, which proved to be a reasonable choice because the rain soon tapered off.

We reached our intended destination and hiked around the lake in search of the perfect campsite. We found it: a nice flat spot by the lake’s outlet, where we had a lovely view of the lake and could hear the burble of the stream as it flowed out of the lake.

Only a few minutes after we set up our tent and ate our dinner the rain began again, this time with frequent flashes of lightening followed by thunder directly overhead. Just before sundown the storm dissipated, and we were treated to a gorgeous sunset.

Our campsite had a beautiful view. In an hour these clouds would become thunderheads.
Our campsite had a beautiful view. In an hour these clouds would become thunderheads.
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The creek by our campsite, with dark thunderheads rolling above.
We had a lovely thunderstorm that lasted for almost two hours.
We had a lovely thunderstorm that lasted for almost two hours.
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After the storm: we had a gorgeous sunset.
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Sunset over the lake where we camped.
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A waterfall near our camp.
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