Life is old there, older than the trees. Younger than the mountains. Growin' like a breeze
It is an eerie feeling to walk around camp and not hear another soul. This is the first time, in my ten years on the mountain, that Chris and I are the only ones in camp. The wind is howling and there is a light drizzle hitting the windows. It is a good thing we have some indoor chores to keep us a busy. If you are thinking about hiking today, make sure you have a good set of rain gear and some extra dry clothes in your pack. I wouldn't wear anything that resembled wings, the wind might pick you up and carry you off the mountain.
Yesterday was a splendid day to experience what the park has to offer. Hikers enjoyed the beautiful blue sky, the song of the song sparrows, and the distinct scent of the fraser fir. One might think they entered a Christmas wonderland. The sun was out and warmed up the ground. Some hikers found patches of soft green grass to take a nap. The high yesterday was 58 with a low of 32. The current temperature is 37.
3/12/2012 02:15:51 am
We'll bring some happy, singing children next week which will cut through the silence. Emma and Aidan are looking forward to another trip up the mountain. :) Can't wait to see you all.
3/12/2012 02:23:00 am
That misty view sure looks familiar! Ten days and counting till the hike up. Last time we came up in March, the entire hike up Alum was fogged in - it was amazing, knowing the drop-offs were there but unable to see them.
3/12/2012 03:19:49 am
One of my most memorable hikes to Mt. LeConte, was in a socked in heavy fog bank. You couldn't hardly see in front of you. Walking slowly, breathing slowly, letting the fog soak your body, and the sounds. The sounds of water dripping everywhere was magical. The wind pushing the fog back and forth, and swirling about me had a mystical sensation that made think of men like Kephart, and Tsali, and their travels. I wondered if I was walking in their footsteps. And, then I smiled.
3/12/2012 03:51:21 am
Chris: Ref. shelter privy (portable toilet), when i overnighted at the shelter yrs ago, it was a hole in the ground and wood structure. not a portable toilet!! when was the portable toilet there?
3/12/2012 06:05:01 am
I recall using it back on a 5 degree morning in 2007, but believe it was there years earlier. Noticed someone noted that they air lifted the port a jon out once the new privy was completed
Same weather in Michigan. Sometimes its weird living 12 hours away and our weather is the same. It was a wonderful day out yesterday but I guess we must get those showers today. Anyway, at least it was a nice weekend. Enjoy the peace and quiet, everyone will be up shortly.
3/12/2012 07:44:35 am
Anthony W: your description brought back to me, also, a great memory of hiking up the mountain in a fog; I cannot add to your excellent comments, other than it's just conditions that bring a broad range of experiences there. thanks
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