It's a colourful morning up top today. The high yesterday reached 40 degrees. The overnight low was 26 degrees. It was 28 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation, but there is still about 2 inches of snow pack up here. I would still recommend Microspikes or some other form of traction devices if you plan to reach the summit. The last mile up Alum Cave trail is still quite treacherous.
The days are slipping by. There's something distinctly magical about watching the sun rise up here, passing a day amongst books, spruces, snow, windy howls, bird calls, lingering sun, rocking chairs, silence, kerosene lamps, moss, steaming coffee mugs, firs, kaleidoscope clouds, down booties, then watching it all come to a close at sunset. Things seem to be in their proper place with this kind of perspective. There's a sense of finality about it. About a day well spent, that is.