It’s currently 8 degrees and clear. We received 1” of snow yesterday evening, giving us 7 inches on the ground. Yesterday’s high was 20 degrees, with an overnight low of 5 degrees.
From the reports, I’m hearing on the radio, Hwy 441 is being actively worked on. Keep an eye on the Smoky Mountain Roads twitter page to see when it reopens.
Covered and bundled, I was off to Myrtle Point. The lack of sunshine and strong winds pushed the temperature well into negative territory. My coffee, now lukewarm, was hitting the spot. I began my ascent to toward the summit. I followed my foot prints from yesterday’s afternoon run. The bounding steps were barely visible. The wind had reshaped the delicate landscape. I trudged through the drifts. My thoughts soon drifted to yesterday’s run…
I was almost to the summit. My breathing, though labored, was synchronized with my cadence. My sunglasses had already saved my eyes from more than one snow laden fir branch. Feeling primal, I broke trail across the summit.
The wind was howling when I arrived at Myrtle Point. I quickly staged for sunrise; the hike had taken slightly longer in the snow. Pulling my camera battery from my warm chest pocket, I slid it into the camera and turned on the power. “Battery Exhausted” flashed on my screen. I reached for a back-up battery that wasn’t there. I had left it back at the lodge. Down, but not out, I quietly watched the sunrise and learned my lesson. I was happy just to be there...
...the wind howled.
P.S. – After arriving back to the lodge, I grabbed my back-up battery and marched back out into the cold. The shots above and below were the result.
“A man may fail many times but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” – John Burroughs
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