I’ve got a beautiful sunrise to watch as I enjoy my fresh hot black coffee and listen to my favorite bluegrass music station on the radio. Livin’ the dream!
Now if they could just open the road to Newfound Gap all would be well. 35 degrees here at 7:00 AM. Yesterday’s high temperature was 48 degrees and it melted about two inches of snow. This caused the snow to “ball up” on the hiker’s micro spikes—causing a certain amount of aggravation. Still I would recommend packing them with you just in case you encounter patches of ice.
I’ll probably do my laundry today, and then find a nice sunny spot to sit and watch for the day hikers. Many of them are friends and neighbors—“locals “—from down in the valley. However, there are a surprising number of international folks who are climbing LeConte for the first time in spite of the snow! They are all to be commended for their efforts and their love of the outdoors!
More precipitation is forecast for the weekend, so I would recommend that you enjoy the sunshine while you can!