Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt - marvelous error! - that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures. Antonio Machado
It was a sneaky nice day yesterday. The high was 38 degrees and the low dipped down to 22 degrees overnight. The mountain received .15" of rain yesterday. The trails are still in passable shape. I have yet to check out Boulevard, Rainbow and Trillium, but have heard that Rainbow and Alum are your best bets for a passable hike.
Yesterday was one of my favorite types of days on the mountain. It started off with weather that keeps folks away from the high peaks, swirling winds and an ominous, drizzly cloud dominated the sky through the early afternoon. I did not see another hiker until 3:30. At about 4, I decided to take a little hike around the mountain. I'd intended to go out to Myrtle and feel the wind, but noticed some clearing. I decided to check out Cliff Tops and see if the departing storm could mean my favorite weather event was going to take place - I'm talking about inversion! I was lucky, as always. The high peaks were majestic islands in the sky and a dynamic sunset lingered on the clouds as if they weren't quite ready to absorb the pure white moonlight just yet.
I'm looking forward to a night hike to celebrate the frost moon!
Top photo: Clouds! Above & Below: Sunset from Cliff Tops.
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