My run-ins with lightning are pretty well documented here on this forum. They have come because of what I do, but usually because I remain too long while staying on mission. This encounter happened because, well, what could I do. Above is my evidence.
The storm came from directly behind me heading directly for the canyon right before sunset. I was figuring I was gonna get skunked (image wise) because of too much storm, if you know what I mean. I was sitting in the truck, riding it out, doing the due diligence thing, waiting to see what would happen.
I was talking to my wife on the phone when I saw it start developing from my vantage spot in the truck. Lightning was hammering the rim all around me. ....1 to 2 second intervals between the flash and the crash. Finally I couldn't stand it. I told my wife to call the rangers if I didn't call her back in 20 minutes.
So I dashed out there in a pouring rain with my heart in my mouth. The lightning gave me 3 minutes. The hair on my head was standing straight up, pretty much a precursor for lightning strikes. It was worth it, but I know I can't keep on doing this...I think I need help (he said in a small strangled voice)
The next night I ran into a couple from Denver that saw me do it. They told me they made their kids look away.