Friday the13th

Friday the 13th was supposed to be a nice sunny day wih only 10% chance of rain. I have been working alot and ended up sick for over a week and thought to myself, I’m going to be working even more hours soon, I’m finally feeling better, and I could really use an afternoon of fun.

Some of my friends were heading up to San Antonio Hot Springs via Thompson Ridge in the Jemez Mountains for a hike and a good soak. They invited me. I jumped on it. I was to meet them in the early afternoon, so I packed up my teen, some munchies, water and gas. We met them at their house. They were running late. We didn’t get up there until 5:30 that evening. No problem, it was only about a 45 min hike to the springs, steady uphill, straight down a mountain. 15 minutes into the hike it started to rain. No problem. This is New Mexico. It normally will rain for a little bit then clear up and move out.

We ducked under some trees to wait out the storm. 10 minutes later it started to hail. We huddled together under the trees and the only umbrella we had and debated on hiking back to the car. I didn’t want to, this was to be the only day off I would have for a while. The rain eased into a sprinkle so we decided to hike it to the springs.

The weather should have cleared up right? There was only a 10% chance of rain after all.

About 15 more minutes, closer now to the springs and the thunder started booming around us. Rain poured down and we were stuck under trees again. Granted, this time our area had a bigger, taller crop of trees to keeps us semi-dry. The the winds kicked up and it got chilly. I had on a spegetti strap shirt, my jeans and boots were almost soaked through, and the only dry clothes I had were in my backpack for the treck out. Hmm, I dug into my pack and brought out some Pisqo Brandy. It warmed us up enough to make it to the springs after the downpour turned into sprinkles again.

The mineral springs were awesome and just what I needed. Normally on a nice sunny day they are almost too hot to get into, that night they felt fabulous from the weather. The sky spit water at us the whole time (I wish it hadn’t so I could have gotten some pictures.)

The springs are on the side of a mountain, facing another mountain, with a road in between. The clouds from the storm would mix with the steam of the springs and drift through the canyon. It was a spectacular sight. We stayed for about 2 hours, until it got dark. Deciding that it was not going to stop sprinkling anytime soon, we put on our dry clothes, mine was a sweater and my son had a jacket. Remember only 10% chance of rain! And started the incline straight up the mountain, back to the main trail, in the dark, with a few flashlights. We booked it back to our vehicles under the misty moisture.

The moral to this story: Friday the 13th, slight chance of rain, hiking through the mountains, make sure your prepared for anything.

I have no regrets and would do it again. Now I know, carry those dry clothes with you. Bring an umbrella, hat, or waterproof poncho, even if your pack already weighs what feels like 50 pounds with that gallon of water:)

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

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