December 11, 2017
It’s currently 28 degrees and clear up top. Yesterday’s high was 27 degrees, with an overnight low of 7 degrees. We have 6” of snow on the ground.
Half hidden in the bushes, I awaited sunset’s golden hour. The wind drove relentlessly. I quietly watched the world around me. A cluster of clouds in the distance stole my attention from the setting sun. The atmospheric winds began ripping the cluster apart. Briefly glancing at the setting sun, I focused back on the scattered bundle of clouds above. The moment the sun settled behind the mountains, the clouds above and below ignited with color. Smiling, I released the camera shutter.
I woke to a comfortable soreness. Yesterday’s trail-breaking foray along the Boulevard Trail ended up being just what the doctor ordered, a full-body workout. The hardest part of this morning would be leaving my toasty loft, I turned myself on auto-pilot and got dressed. Outside, I checked my weather instruments, pausing to look up at the pre-dawn stars. Ten minutes later, I sat with a hot cup of coffee.
Still dazed, I stumbled into the darkness…
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the hardest victory is victory over self.
12/11/2017 11:03:36 am
12/11/2017 01:42:46 pm
This might be lengthy, but I think it's worthwhile. Many of us who religiously read this blog and love this mountain have rapidly learned of Seth Orme's amazing writing and photography skills. (THANK YOU, SETH!!). But you should do a Google search for keywords like SETH ORME PACKING IT OUT INITIATIVE and/or visit this page www.packingitout.org/media and view the two videos LEAVING IT BETTER and CLEANING AMERICA'S WILD TRAILS. The home page is www.packingitout.org In summary, Seth along with his friends Paul, Joe, and Abby, in the past 3 years, have been cleaning up trash along the ENTIRE length of the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and a 4,700-mile bike trip across the country(www.rei.com/blog/cycle/packing-it-out-2017-leave-it-better). It's an amazing accomplishment and one for which we can all be grateful. Much kudos to you, Seth and your friends, for a job well done!! My wife and I don't usually visit the lodge when it's closed, but I hope I get to shake your hand sometime.
Brenda / Yaya
12/15/2017 07:34:40 am
Yes, very proud of his unwavering spirit. Just have to add, Seth/ Cap has also kayaked the entire Mississippi river!! Epic journey, may the Lord continue to guide his travels. Thank you Fred for your words.
12/11/2017 02:52:13 pm
Beyond GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing!!
12/11/2017 05:13:45 pm
Gorgeous photo -- looks like an amazing and challenging time to visit.
12/11/2017 07:03:13 pm
I'm curious as to how many visitors you have had the last few days with snow on the ground. It is a feat to get there; the snow and ice adds to that.
12/12/2017 03:47:20 pm
In the past I’ve made many trips to LeConte, summer, spring and winter. I’ve seen the mountain's fury and its beauty. I’ve seen the spring flowers, walked on unbroken snow, felt the warmth of the lodge and loved the hot meals. There’s no place better and having not been in a while I so appreciate your pictures and words.
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