Both cat and man are bathed in pleasant insignificance, their eyes fixed on birds and stars. Jim Harrison
It's a misty morning up top. The high yesterday reached 46 degrees. The overnight low was 27 degrees. It was 31 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation and there is no snow up top. There is sure to be a little bit of ice on the trail, but not so much that I'd expect you to need traction devices. Get out and enjoy this classic Smokies day!
Top photo: Gold a half hour before sunset. Above: 'taking care'.
I spent yesterday 'taking care' - both of the lodge and myself. I did a variety of chores around the lodge and did everything I could think of to turn this nasty sore throat around. In the mean time, it's been nice to lay low, settle into my cabin, do some daydreaming about my future, re-read one of my favorite books and have the opportunity to catch up with my kindred spirit Dick. Much thanks to my amazing trail angels Sherry, Dick and Ann (thanks for the anti-biotics, beloved Cabot cheese and homemade Pumpkin bread!) - I'm starting to feel much better today. I hope to be back to hiking by Wednesday or so!