and i'm floating in a most peculiar way.
It was a grey day on the mountain. It felt like an October day. The high was 44. It hovered around 40 all day. The low was 34. The mountain received .46" of precipitation. If it was snow, I'd be jumping through the ceiling. The trail up Alum is still very slick in sections, so be sure to use the proper mix of courage, caution and traction devices.
This morning feels much like yesterday. From 8am-6pm it looked almost exactly the same as it did the hour before. Days like this make it easier to grant Descartes his famed doubt of an external world. My perception of the outside world fells much more limited in such an unvaried environment. Our senses are unreliable, unwilled and our minds are the only thing we truly know. That, or I'm just spending too much time reading in my cabin.
1/21/2012 01:13:06 am
JP, pics are great as always. It is really nice to see the sites I pass when I come up in September in a different light with the snow and dripping water turned to ice..still recognizable but in a different season. Keeps me attuned to the mountain.
1/21/2012 01:15:34 am
"This is ground control to major Tom (JP), you've really made the grade"
1/21/2012 01:27:42 am
We are sometime inclined to believe that if we stock up enough good memories while times are beautiful and good that we can use the good in the storehouse to fill in the trough created when times are gloomy in low. But the trick is to realize that our joy doesn't come from how happy we are but from a hope and security that can only come from a relationship with God. I never feel closer to him than when I'm literally on the mountain top - including Leconte. Press on, Brother, this too shall pass.
1/21/2012 01:56:50 am
Good morning JP Pouring rain in North Ga hope it turns to snow up there!! Have a great weekend!!
1/21/2012 02:22:13 am
We just got a rumble of thunder.
1/21/2012 02:37:36 am
Now it's hailing.
1/21/2012 02:27:32 am
"The harder work of inquiry, proof, and demonstration is infinitely more rewarding, and has confronted us with findings far more "miraculous" and "transcendent" than any theology." C. Hitchens (1949-2011)
1/21/2012 02:43:14 am
You're on my fridge.
1/21/2012 03:11:09 am
Hey JP we got your snow in central Ohio last evening and night woke up to 3 inches of new powder for a BIG total of 4 inches! Hope u get snow soon! Easier to track the bobkitty! Stay safe on the trails and love the pics as always.
1/21/2012 03:47:54 am
Beautiful! Couple more hours and we will be there! I can. not. wait!
1/21/2012 10:59:03 pm
JP - really enjoying your posts, keep up the good work.
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