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Under an Umbrella of Leaky Foliage

Over at TypeTrigger, I almost exclusively write fiction, but the prompt “an umbrella” reminded me of the hiking trip most of my family went on several years ago, to a place called Cape Scott.

The trip was supposed to last for four days, three nights, but we got rained out and opted to scrap our final night and trudge on out of there. The hike out was brutal. It took us almost 8 hours to do 17 km, over submerged boardwalks and through two-foot-deep mud puddles. It was awful. It was amazing.

This short nonfiction piece is about that day. For added context, this happened after my brother, my sister, and I had decided to move faster and go ahead of the group. We thought moving faster would keep us warmer. We didn’t think about what sitting down and waiting for them to catch up would be like, though…


They shared a soggy space on the edge of trail, under an umbrella of leaky foliage, counting to see whose nose got dripped on more and shivering in sync.

“D-Do you r-remember w-what ‘warm’ is like?” chattered Tim.

Catherine tried to laugh, but it didn’t work.

“We should n-never have g-gone ahead,” said Jordan from between clenched teeth. “B-Better to s-stick with the g-group and g-go s-slow than have to s-stop and w-wait.”

“Th-they’ll c-catch up,” said Tim. “N-not m-much l-longer.”

They heard a rustling from down the trail and looked up hopefully. A doe and two fauns stepped gingerly into the open. The animals looked miserable.

Drip. Drip.

Jordan said, “T-Two hundred.”

Catherine tried to laugh, but it didn’t work.


These pictures are from the trip: