When it’s spring time in the pacific northwest anything can happen. Mother Nature will have her way with you and you can’t do a damn thing about it. So the day before the forecast called for light morning showers and a break in the clouds with the sun coming through by lunch time. Sticking to our original plan to get out and do some photo shooting we packed up, grabbed the bikes and met up at the trailhead. There was some light rain but we figured no big deal. We got out and started the hike up to the towers from the gate at Thrillium. I’d guess about half way up the road to the towers the rain started to get heavier. Hopefully it will mellow out by the time that we get to the top I thought to myself and pressed on. My girlfriend who has never been out in the woods with us and doesn’t ride bikes tag along for the experience and she wasn’t complaining so I figured what the hell and kept hiking. Once at the top the rain hadn’t let up. But I was hopeful that the sun would peek through and burn off the clouds. Jared even agreed with me about having checked the forecast and seeing the same thing. It gave me a bit more confidence but I was still a bit skeptical. Being the photographer, sans bike or bike gear makes me feel guilty of having dragged everyone out in heavy rain for nothing. Once my “models” were yelling and bitching about being cold and wet (which I didn’t blame them for) I really began to feel like a jerk. I had to remind myself that they were on bikes and could get off the mountain in minutes while I lugged a 35lb pack full of camera gear strapped to my back. And I couldn’t roll down and get warm in minutes, I had to suck it up and hike. My girlfriend and I opted with hiking down after we stopped for a few minutes to try and stay positive and take some shots to boost morale but the sky wasn’t having it. As we hiked down the trail my models hauled ass down to the car and either passed out in the car while and/or went home to bed.
I managed to pull off one shot I really liked so all in all it wasn’t a total waste of effort 🙂 Hope my dudes are ready to do some filming next time under more favorable weather conditions! I’m sure these images will remind us of that time as well as remind us that you can’t trust weather forecasting equipment in the future.