We didn’t think a ton about the weather prior to our big adventure, just that we wanted to stay as warm as possible. While that has been a challenge, nothing comes close to dealing with the wind. We have faced more wind from the moment we set out than I think either of us have experienced in our lives combined. The wind was so strong on this day (while visiting the Petrified Forest) that I had to sit down for the photo because Sean thought I was going to get blown off the rock into the valley below. I couldn’t have pulled my hair back for a second it was so strong.
It’s one more way things aren’t always as you plan or hope for them to be. 90% of our days thus far have been a minimum of 15 mile an hour winds, with many days at 25 and more than we care for at 30-50 mph gusts all day. This was one of those days. It’s another way flexibility will come in handy, and tolerance and patience. And then you do like we do (or try to do) and suck it up, grin & bear it, see the sights,and in this case, try not to get blown away. (while typing this we are again in 30 mph gusts.. at least)