It's a beautiful, clear morning up top. The high yesterday reached 43 degrees. The low was 23 degrees, recorded early yesterday morning. It was 35 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation and there is no snow on the mountain. The trails (with the exception of Boulevard) are almost entirely clear of ice. Get out and enjoy these clear conditions before winter settles in for good!
I had a hard time hiking up Bullhead yesterday. It's become a bit of a struggle for me to figure out how to express all this incredible sensory input. There is a part of me that felt as if I worked hard enough at it, the sentences would come. I'd be able to craft them with persistence and will. However, as I worked my way up the sunny backside of the Bullhead trail, it felt arrogant to try to contain all that glory with my petty words. They are not enough. This experience is too rich for me to capture. The way the sun felt on my legs after a chilly hike up, the warm breeze and pure blue bliss skies, the lingering clouds that rise and fall and seem more alive than many people I've met, the constant joys of a body in motion fulfilling it's destiny... it is all too much sometimes. All I can do is throw my hands up in the air, savor the present moment, keep on climbing, blessing how beautiful life can be.
Much thanks to Buddy for hiking me up some more treats! I truly appreciate the variety in my trail-food-centric diet!
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