Today's "Hike A Giant" hike is cancelled due to forecast inclement weather.
What?? The sun is out, there's a nice breeze - it's a little hot and humid, but not bad. Tornado warning for all of Connecticut, 75% chance of scattered and severe thunderstorms. It's a perfect day to go for a hike!
I think there were a few people still there for the organized hike (the Sleeping Giant t-shirt and hats gave them away), but I was a little late and they were already on the way up the Tower trail. So off I went, up the Orange trail.
I figured a west end hike - up the orange, over the green, white and blue, back on the violet (very colorful)- maybe I can get it done before the rain comes. Ever the optimist.
On Mythbusters, the guys proved one year that a person running in the rain gets wetter than if he walked instead. Two years later on Mythbusters Revisited, they overturned that verdict showing the running person stayed dryer than the walker. My own emperical study of the situation... I walked - I got wet. I ran - I got wet. Let's face it: hike in the rain and you will get wet!
Fortunately, there was no lightning. I remember you're not supposed to stand under trees in a lightning storm. Of course, that's a little tough in the middle of a forest.
It only rained for a few minutes. Coming down the violet trail, the rain stopped as I came out of the trees into the quarry. But the walk over the rocks by the Mill River was a little slippery. Nice and easy... one hand on my water bottle, one hand on my camera, one hand on... Holy Crap I'm going down! The water bottle went flying, my hand got a little scraped up as I skidded down the rocks trying to stay mostly upright. But I saved the camera. After all, what's a hiking blog without photos?