It's always a good idea to carry a rain jacket during the summer, especially in the Pacific North West... When I headed out, it was slightly overcast, 28 degrees C, a slight breeze. It was my primary intention to go find a partially rotten, but still solid Maple branch to experiment with friction fire with, but, it turned into more than that. Came upon a little stream near the side of the trail. The water level is low due to no rain for the past week. It may be hard to see, but down at the very bottom center, in the mud, below the rocks, there's a print. Appears to be a small dog, taking a drink from the stream, when the water levels were a bit higher. Perhaps a couple of days old. Unfortunately, about three days previous, a 9 month old female pit bull puppy went missing from about 4 kilometers from where I was here. There was no other sign in the area to indicate someone was walking a dog, and there are three cougars in this area... Around this time, a light rain began to fall. Mostly caught by the thick canopy above. Earlier in the day, I switched my normal haversack kit over to my HPG Tarahumara that was given to me as a gift by @Dagwood, so I could carry a rain jacket. Thanks again Dag! I decided to take a short video to show how it rides with a full kit. At this point I continued on with my task. After aimlessly walking around for a while, I came across a decent candidate, scooped it up and continued on along the trail. It was a beautiful evening, and I just couldn't help but keep walking. The trail system I was on is about a 4km loop, and I ended up circling around to where I was previously. However, the light drizzle that had started about 30 min earlier had turned into a constant heavy rain, and I knew I was going to get soaked if I didn't do something about it. So I found some heavy cover to stand under while I took the rain jacket from my pack. A good rain jacket like I have is bulky and heavy to carry, and nowhere near as versatile as carrying a poncho/tarp, but man, a proper jacket is infinitely better as an actual garment that still allows long distance movement without hindrance. Just a couple pics of my loaded pack before removing my jacket. Some gear shots. Also decided to show how the Tara rides half empty with a jacket on. Some Vanilla Leaf. A short video of the Vanilla Leaf being bounced around by the rain.