a storm comes up while paddling ........
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-05-11 11:30 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jul-05-11 11:58 AM EST --
....... they happen and there's always been time in advance to get prepaired for it as best as possible . Been there enough to know that I want to get to shore if at all (and as soom as) possible to find the best cover available from the direct force of the storm .
It will pass . I'll will have put on my rain gear and hunkered down . My canoe may be able to be on shore with me so I could use it to help cover me . The trees if thick enough can help block the winds and driving rains to a great extent . if there isn't anything more substantial than the forest to take cover in/under , I'll just sit down and be exposed as little as possible .
Oh , lighting ... well , I'll be hoping it doesn't come down and hit me . It's busting all around and missed me so far , probably will stay that way ... or it won't and zap .
I mean you don't know where that next lighting bolt is going to hit , how close or far it will be to you , if it will hit the ground or not ... can't tell you how many times I've said , man that was close after I regained my composure . That lighting crack is loud , startles the hell out of you , and sometimes you can feel some type of air impact or sensations from a close strike .
And if that lighting seems to be trying purposefully to zero in on me and gets me spooked , maybe I'll jump up and run around in zig zag motions like a jack rabbit all over the area thinking it's harder to hit a moving target , lol .
I guess my main point is , you're out there , the storm is on you , you may wish you were some place else at the moment , but you're not . So protect and cover yourself from the beating that's coming your way as best you can with what you've got ... and it will pass , you'll either be there to see it go away , or you won't .
Chances are you're going to take some level of thrashing , so do what you can about those things you have some control over ... i personally don't think you have any control over the lighting other than being inside a building . etc. , and even then people have been struck just sitting inside their house .
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