The coming storm

Oh no, is he going on a rant here?! Nope, keep reading, it’s a short post about our stroll up, and then dash back down Wick beach last week.

I’d managed to get off work early, and because the forecast for the weekend looked a tad damp, we thought we’d make the most of an unexpectedly sunny afternoon. Probably wouldn’t need rain gear, so didn’t bother taking it. Yup, you’ve already figured out how good that decision was…

It might not rain, right?

When we turned off the main road and drove down to the parking lot, the blue skies were less blue, with wisps of fog blowing out of the forest, and some grey clouds out on the horizon. By the time we’d untangled Scout’s long leash and found a trail not being cleared by chainsaw wielding Parks Canada folks, quite some time had passed. When we stumbled out onto the beach, thoughts of a warm and sunny stay started to fade as quickly as the clouds growing closer to shore.

It could brighten up…

Luckily, I’m pretty good at reading the weather, and my expert calculations indicated we’d have enough time to wander along the shore for a good half hour, maybe throw a stick around with Scout for a few minutes, then saunter back.

Probably got time to saunter up and back?

I will say that a hurried walk that looks like you’re almost running could be interpreted as sauntering if you’re feeling generous. Mrs PC and Scout weren’t feeling generous, they were feeling the enormous drops of rain from the leading edge of the storm front that overtook us as we sauntered back to the car. I think the word was invigorating, but I’ll keep that to myself.

“You’re right about the light, PC, but can we go now?”

The light was dramatic, the waves were gathering themselves for an onshore onslaught, and goodness me, didn’t the front move in quickly. Still, at least we had rain gear with us. Oh, I forgot – someone who shall remain nameless said we wouldn’t need it.

It’ll stay dry

The forecast this coming Saturday is for rain, and I for one will be paying attention and dressing appropriately. I mean, what kind of fool ignores the obvious…

Um, maybe we should head back now? Or thirty minutes ago?

I think I’ll leave it for this week, and wish you a wonderful weekend – rain, snow, or shine!

PS Wayne let us know that Ucluelet received 210mm of rain, and Tofino had 167mm. Not bad for less than two days!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

12 thoughts on “The coming storm”

  1. “It’ll stay dry” is a great photograph for your account, PC. The rays of sunlight say, “Sure, nothing to worry about,” and the waves of gray might represent the intimidating factors. And the log? It looks like a steadfast anchor to me, the spirit of come-what-may, the getting out there no matter the weather… Another reason why reading your blog is always an adventure in what is. Thanks for another pleasurable look at your coast!

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    1. Thanks, Walt! The light was really something, very silver and grey, and the photo you indicated seemed to pick up some of that. It’s never dull, being on the edge out here, and we’re always in a slight state of disbelief this is where we live.
      I hope your week is going well, and I’m assuming you’re looking forward to a Thanksgiving break!.

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    1. Thanks, Jane! Wet again on Saturday, but we were dry and sunny for most of the day on Sunday. I’m guessing you’re well into winter now, with snow sticking around? I miss the snow, and real winter activity, but the coast has a different charm.

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  2. Love the photos and would greatly appreciate if you went out in more storms (safely with the appropriate gear after Mrs. PC did the expert calculations) so you could share more amazing stormy scenes on the coast!😁 We actually had sunshine today, maybe due to the weather even celebrating a Tottenham win!😁

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  3. Thank you! I’ll try and get out out next time it’s dramatic, and with the proper gear!
    Mourinho seems to have made an impact, and Silva seems to be on his last legs. What a disappointing season, and why did I watch the game? Of course Everton would lose at home to the bottom team! My brother is almost well enough to resume going to the game, but I’m worried it’ll be bad for his health…
    I hope your week is off to a good start!

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  4. Excellent pics, Adam. I feel like I’m right there with you. And yes, I frequently push the workable definition of “saunter” myself.

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