When there is rain and lightning, how do you make the decision to call it a day? There is something missing in Northern California – rain and lightning. I know that we are in a drought and that rain usually only happens in quantity in the winter, and I miss the summer storms of the East Coast and the Midwest. These storms could be magnificent. There was a plus sometimes – the temperature would drop and the air was clean. Then again, there was always the issue of “HUMIDITY!!” Regardless, as a child growing up, I loved playing in the rain.
Then I grew up and went into the U.S. Army. As I have told you in previous blogs, we did field marches come heck or high water. Technically, weather was not an issue, but it could be. It was interesting that the Chaplain was the one to call it a day because of weather. Our Chaplain had been in Viet Nam and had some curious ideas about weather.
We were out one night,and while there was no rain, we did have lightning. The officers were all getting a bit concerned about the number of lightning strikes especially because we were doing that wonderful “nuclear” attack in the open meadow. It would be a great place to get caught by a lightning bolt. The Chaplain noted that the strikes were all going horizontal not vertical. So, there was no chance of being struck. Just then, the lightning struck a tree not 100 yards from us. We went back to the barracks for the night without packing up the tents and other equipment. The Chaplain’s opinion: We would be back in the morning.
He was right. We were back in the morning in the rain. As we marched off, his parting comment was that we didn’t know what real rain was until the water was coming out of the tops of our boots. When that happened, we would call it a day. My troops and I headed out with full packs. It was a steady downpour of rain for the next hour. We were soaked to the bone. Thank goodness it was summer and the temperature was not bitter cold. However, as we walked back into camp, I walked up to the Chaplain and showed him my boots with water pumping out of the tops as I took each step. I asked him if this is what he had in mind. He called it a day.
Sometimes you can call it from gut feeling and other times you need heavy physical evidence. I am an intuitive kind of person; obviously the Chaplain wanted the evidence. We both were right; it just took longer and a whole lot more water to get there.
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