Cherish friendship in your breast - New is good, but old is best; Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold. Joseph Parry
It's a stunning morning up here today. The high yesterday reached 38 degrees. The low reached 8 degrees and it is currently 9 degrees and clear up top. The mountain received 5 inches of new snow, bringing our grand total up to 6 inches. There is a sea of clouds outside the kitchen porch. There are some gentle reds and oranges shading the horizon. It's good to be back.
I had a fantastic hike up Rainbow yesterday. There was a light snow falling at the trailhead and I had a pack weighed down with canned goodies (thanks Ron & Marty!). It was a good excuse to take it nice & easy. I was watching the snow fall to the ground and all of the sudden I was at the Rocky Spur Overlook. I can not recall falling into such a wonderful lull while hiking since my days on the AT. It felt like a sober blackout. Perhaps the new snow intoxicated me! I really don't remember much of the hike beyond Rainbow Falls ... it was like I wasn't there.
Remember, for the latest road conditions, check out the Park Service's twitter feed. Happy hiking!
It is finally beginning to feel like winter. I can see my breath in the kitchen and have to blow into my hands every few minutes to keep typing. It's my favorite kind of pennance.