July 16th, Day Ten - A Storm Arises
We awoke up to a cloudy and windy morning. It was dull quiet outside and everyone
was in a sleeping trance while cooking breakfast and packing up the site. We got
on our rain jackets in preparation for rain as we hit the water and it was a good thing we did.
The dark storm sweeping over the water.
After 15 minutes into our canoeing against the wind, the rain starting falling
light. It went on an off until it passed and faded away into dull gray clouds. It
was hard staying on course with the wind, but we managed to find a nice island to
break on for lunch.
As we stopped on the island, the blackest cloud shot out of nowhere over our
heads. It was the type where we knew it was going to rain and thunder. The wind
picked up drastically and squirrels were running for shelter. We secured the canoes
on the island and set up a rain tarp. The wind was extremely strong. It quickly
started to pour buckets and thunder. We waited…and waited….and waited.
After about an hour and a half the storm cleared and the lighting was gone. We
waited another half hour in precaution of lighting before we got back on the water
and continued our journey. The rain and lightning started to pick up in the other
lakes we traveled to as well. Anytime it started to thunder and lightning, we immediately
got off the water and secured ourselves on land until it passed for our safety.
We did this a few time before we finally arrived at our campsite. We set up
camp, cooked dinner, and went to sleep rather quickly after our refection.
Boy it felt good to be in my tent sleeping after a hard day of traveling through
the rain. Though my hair was still moist, lying down in my dry tent listening to
the rain drops was relaxing. As I recounted the experience, I drifted off to sleep.
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