The mountain is a bit overcast at the moment. The high yesterday reached 36 degrees. The low was 23 degrees. It was 32 degrees and overcast at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation. With the clear skies and big sun we received yesterday afternoon, we're down to about 4 inches of snow up top. It looks as though we'll have a few more beautiful days on the horizon. There is still plenty of snow on Alum Cave, so be sure to wear gaiters and pack an extra pair of socks for the hike down. Rainbow is still the best bet for an 'easy' hike to the lodge, as the extra blowdowns and knee deep snow on Alum are more challenging than Rainbow's extra mile of walking.
It's always rewarding to catch both sunrise and sunset up here. Nature is perpetually renewing herself for my fortunate eyes. The sunset last night was fantastic. There was a bit of cloud cover to the west, which helped to obscure the sun and create a few marvelous effects as it tried to find it's way through, a series of luminescent
snakes slithering through the empyrean cosmos. Shades of yellow, orange, pink and purple dance among the clouds. All you can do is sigh and vow to do it all again tomorrow. The sunrise was clear as a bell. What was lacking in memorable effects from unique cloud formations was more than compensated for by that first splash of golden light. I cherish the walk back from Apollo Overlook, admiring the way that the light starts to creep it's way up the noble firs and spruces. They look as thrilled to greet the day as I do.