It’s currently 20 degrees and clear up top. Yesterday’s high was 30 degrees, with an overnight low of 16. We still have .5” inch of snow on the ground. There’s still plenty of ice on the ground up top.
I stopped to put on my ice traction. The short route to the Cliff Top was a shimmering creek of ice. Ice traction on, I continued my sunset ascent. The inversion visible at the lodge had my imagination flowing. What would it look like from the top?
I gave an audible yelp as I traversed the final flat section to the Cliff Top. In front of me was an ocean speckled with islands in the sky. I had butterflies in my stomach and my face felt red, flushed. My body was having a systemic reaction to the beauty. Slowly, my excitement settled. I crawled into my favorite nook and attempted to capture the scene…
…quietly, I hoped that this infectious sunset was contagious.
- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne