It's a beautiful morning up top. The high yesterday reached 31 degrees. The low was 22 degrees. It was 23 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation yesterday. With the abundant sunshine we received yesterday afternoon, there is now about 5 inches of snow remaining on the ground. It sounds as though we'll have some warm, clear days up here for the remainder of the week.
moon in early morning sky.
The trails are still in rough shape. I heard from two hikers that Alum is still in rough shape, with a gnarly blowdown between the Cave Bluffs and the first log staircase. The snow is still quite deep along the ledges - you'd be wise to pack some gaiters for the snow drifts near the top. I would still recommend Rainbow as the most manageable hike to the summit.
I am both stunned and forlorn when I look at the calendar and realize I'm down to the last 5 weeks of my stint up top. Perhaps it's the low snowfall totals, but it really doesn't 'feel' like winter has a mere 6 weeks remaining. On the plus side, this has jarred me into action, actION, ACTION. I'm less complacent, getting out for more hikes and making as many memories (Jimmy Jam K!) as possible. I took off last night to try to find my lunar lady. She was a marvelous crescent, a dangling earring of allure, a fitting benediction for another fine day up top. The stars littered the skyscape with pure magnificence; bright votive candles hanging in the invisible windowframes of distant worlds. Some experiences defy words... the way the night sky can dazzle, awe, invigorate, and wash one clean is far beyond my finite powers of description. I am mortal, they are not. Of course I can't do them justice.