February 09th, 2018
It’s currently 30 degrees and clear up top. Yesterday’s high was 33 degrees, with an overnight low of 21.
Expect plenty of ice on the trails up top.
Waving goodbye to the setting sun, I couldn’t help but feel sad at the loss of golden light. Good things come and go. The winds began to pick up. I stood my ground and stared at the dimming world below. The sun was well below the horizon, but the ball of fire wasn’t finished saying goodbye. Clouds in the western sky ignited with color. Another 30 minutes passed. It was getting colder. Stubborn, I lingered.
Picking up where last nights show finished, Colors exploded in the sky just before the sun crested in the eastern sky. I fought the urge to stay all day in that very spot. With a number of errands on my list, I turned and trekked back toward the lodge. Back at the lodge, I looked over my mental checklist. Pack loaded…
I descended the mountain.
“There are some places so beautiful they can make a grown man break down and weep.” - Edward Abbey
2/9/2018 11:37:50 am
Safe travels down the mountain today! You are in my prayers.
2/9/2018 12:50:21 pm
Thank you again for your awesome photos and all your hard work for Mt. Leconte. I know almost nothing about photography, but I am curious how you shot that angle of the rock peak. It looks as if it were taken from some other elevation or by a drone?
2/9/2018 06:16:28 pm
You are really gonna miss that place when your stay ends. You will remember this the rest of your life.
2/9/2018 06:53:08 pm
So great to meet y'all during the perfect sunset the mountain gave us, stay warm and keep up with the work you do
2/9/2018 06:59:48 pm
How far down the trails is the snow? I hiked Trillium Gap between Grotto Falls trailhead and Rainbow Falls trailhead today and did not see any snow. I was curious how far up before running into the snow. I enjoy reading your posts and see the photos. Thanks!
2/9/2018 09:07:17 pm
God gets all the glory, Amen.
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