It were as well to be educated in the shadow of a mountain as in more classical shades. Some will remember, no doubt, not only that they went to the college, but that they went to the mountain. Every visit to its summit would, as it were, generalize the particular information gained below, and subject it to more catholic tests. Thoreau
It was a relatively mild day yesterday. The high was 29, but it was sunny and winds were low. The low was 20. It was 20 and clear at observation. The trails are still icy, so beware on the upper slopes.
This article in the New York Times mentions that "black-hole resorts" are now coming into vogue. LeConte Lodge both preceded and anticipated this phenomenon decades ago. Some truths are timeless. A memorable vacation is not spent watching TV in a different time zone, but in experiencing something vaster than your everyday. Strenuous physical activity, the grandeur of the natural world and intimate human interaction is the most authentic recipe for respite. I'm glad that the rest of the world is realizing that quiet is not a form of boredom, but of rejuvenation.
Top photo: Sunrise this morning. Above: Golden rays wax and wane through pine boughs as I walk back to camp.
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Please note the the lodge is closed for the winter. Doors reopen March 25, 2024.
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