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The Gathering Storm

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 in Colorado
The Gathering Storm

Today I went for a quick lap around the Eagle Wind Trail at Rabbit Mountain. At the beginning of my hike, I noticed the storm clouds building over Boulder, but I thought little of it. The clouds were sluggish and seemed not to be moving in any particular direction. But by the halfway point of the loop hike, I felt the pressure drop. Gloomy skies had suddenly closed in around Rabbit Mountain from every direction.

Fortunately, the Eagle Wind Trail is an easy and familiar hike. So I picked-up my pace and was back at the trailhead before the storm really kicked off. As I finished my hike, I paused to take a photograph at the same spot as I did when I started my hike. A kind of before-and-after-the-storm-formed shot. Hiking in Colorado this spring has taught me how very important it is to be able to read the weather and alter my plans as needed. The greatest certainty about Colorado’s weather is that it can change quickly.

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