Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Bleh, Rain

We had such nice weather for awhile there, and I was able to get out and really enjoy some gorgeous runs and bike rides. The flowers are phenomenal right now, one of my favorite places to run is a rhododendron garden that's up on a high hill in town. The fields outside of town are so green and full of birds and wildlife. Meadowlarks, great blue heron, osprey, kestrel, deer, raccoons fishing in the creeks, nutria. And the wildflowers by the side of the road are just stunning. Wild iris are out right now, and lupine. But every time I ride, I end up with my nose and eyes streaming. The pollen season is definitely a double-edged sword!

This week, weather has bounced from sun to rain to thunderstorms and marble-sized hail. I looked at that from my living room window and thought "some poor bastard is out on his bike right now, twenty miles from home and getting pelted by those." I had to go out and rescue some of our animals, and it felt like God was hurling marbles at my head. I'm glad I wasn't out one one of those long rides, where it seems like you get the absolute farthest from home before the black clouds boil up and the skies open up on you.

And now I should go to and see what my ride has in store for me today. The view out the window is not promising.

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