Nice trip report, shhsgirl. While I haven't had any lightning experiences I would call harrowing, I can imagine the heightened senses. I've definitely seen my share of intense, out-of-the-blue hailstorms and have been among the "counting seconds between flash and boom" crowd.
As for the reliability of eyewitness testimony, I totally concur, especially when the question concerns distance from A to B. :-D
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