the love we need is right under our nose.
It's another gloomy morning up top. The high yesterday reached 42 degrees. The low was 32 degrees. It was 41 degrees and mostly cloudy up top at 7am observation. The mountain received .13 inches of rain yesterday. Coupled with high temperatures, this has melted all the snow and a majority of the ice. The trails are sure to be saturated today, so be ready for some mud!
It is one of those Smoky Mountain days where one can never quite tell whether it is morning or evening. The light is shifting in the wind with an apocalyptic fury. The winds' forever wail coupled with the mysterious scurryings on my cabin roof make for a strange paradise. These are the kinds of conditions that remind me about how we are all just visitors here, the plants and bugs and real mammals are the only ones who can truly call such a hostile place home. We need to take this seed of humility and let it flower into reverence, treating these places with the love and respect they deserve.
Much thanks to my friendly trail angels yesterday! Your holiday treats are so greatly appreciated. I am a lucky guy.
12/23/2014 01:22:58 am
good morning JP. enjoy a slow day its gloomy in ga. also but I'm thankful I can be outdoors doing anything today
12/23/2014 02:02:54 am
i envy you my friend. The older I get (63) the more I prefer my own company (and my two dogs). After some surgeries I'm once again making the attempt to get to LeConte in July. My back no longer can handle the rigors of a pack of any weight so my wife is bearing what load we need. I've already stepped up my training so hoping I get to Mertye Point once again. Last trip was with a NYC fireman brother that was disabled from 9/11 dust. He and I displayed a flag flown at ground zero in 9/13 at sunset. It was a great picture with a sad story but a nice piece of LeConte lore. Be safe and dry. Hikeatrail Tom.
12/23/2014 10:25:40 am
12/23/2014 03:08:00 am
It was so nice to meet you yesterday, JP! We had an awesome hike! We met your friends hiking up for Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and that you enjoy your time off.
12/23/2014 07:49:48 am
I love that quote! Abbey Hoffman is one of my favs!
12/23/2014 09:15:43 am
Enjoy the read every day JP !! May you have the Merriest of Christmas's up top ;)
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