In his Book of Nursery Rhymes, published in 1901, Charles Welch says;
March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.
My mother always told us the rhyme a little differently. March winds bring April showers. April showers bring May flowers. And May flowers bring June brides. But as a nerdy elementary school student, I always laughed at the thought of May flowers bringing Pilgrims.
Whatever version of the rhyme you are familiar with, April showers are definitely a given and they are definitely for real. The Ink Spots said “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” and this April I have weathered more than my fair share.
I’ve hiked for 20 days now. I’ve taken a few days off here and there, but I’ve now experienced a first while backpacking. I have been lucky enough to hike in the rain for 5 days straight.
So why do I say I’m lucky? Yes, cold and rain is very disheartening. Yes, it makes progress difficult and spoils what should be breathtaking views. I am lucky because I am still moving north and I am optimistic that water sources will not be difficult to find along the way.
Every day I get to see spectacular beauty and views that so many people do not get to experience. Rain or shine, this is the life I’ve chosen. And I’m enjoying every minute of it!