Not the Bees Knees

Forecasting the summer weather must be the easiest job in Montana. If I were in charge of the summer forecast, I’d write “Temps in the 70s, chance of afternoon thunder showers,” hand it to my assistant, and go take a long vacation. See you guys in the fall.

A passing storm on the Divide
A passing storm on the Divide

Since starting in Canada, we have gotten some sort of afternoon precipitation almost every day. Days usually start cloudless or with a mix of clouds and sun. As the day progresses we can see the clouds become more numerous and grow dense in the west. By mid afternoon the clouds begin to darken, grow denser, and by late afternoon release their moisture in the form of rain with or without thunder and a little lightning. Life up on the divide I guess.

Near Stemple Pass
Near Stemple Pass

April and I called the day short today. We’ve been laying in our tent for a few hours now as the rain has been falling hard outside. We’re nice and dry! We’re lucky in that we timed the storm right, although the real reason we’ve stopped early is because April’s left knee is pretty painful and a bit swollen. By 4pm today she was visibly limping and with 3 of the next 4 miles ahead of us downhill, we decided to stop and spend the night here on a high saddle between Black and Nevada Mountains.

It’s frustrating to hike when your knees won’t cooperate. Your brain wants to go but your body says no. We’ll get all or most of the way to Helena tomorrow where we’ll probably need to lay low and rest a few days…either that or we head straight to Butte and stay there. For now, we’re staying dry and listening to the rain.

sent from the CDT

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