The importance of staying dry

It’s always a good idea to check the weather before a trip to the mountains this time of year, so I did.
A high of 76 degrees sounded pretty nice and a bit like wet-wading weather though I still considered taking my waders on Saturday’s trip to the upper Stanislaus.
But maybe lost in the glorious image of wet-wading under the warm afternoon sun, which caused me to leave my waders at home, was a key element of basic meteorology and planetary science.
The temperature rarely peaks at 7:30 am.
When I got out of my truck at Clarks Fork I laughed. It was in the low 40s, I was in shorts, had exactly one pair of shoes and apparently half a brain. I couldn’t help but wonder if natural selection would have weeded me out by now had it been another period in time…

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