It's another beautiful day up top. The high yesterday reached 34 degrees. The low was 14 degrees. It's currently 23 degrees and clear. The mountain received no new precipitation and our snow total is hovering around an inch. The trails are quite icy, please be sure to pack some sort of traction device if you intend to reach the summit (in one piece).
It was a stunning day for a hike yesterday. St Valentine gave me a day so flawless from dawn to dusk that it made up for my mind being elsewhere, the grandeur of the day washing over the momentary lonesomeness of an ever hungry heart.I just had to open my eyes.It started with some clear blue skies, bright snowscapes, empty trails... the stuff of dreams.
As I made my way out of camp and onto the Alum Cave junction, I started following some fox prints. She was my morning guide, a companion in spirit. I've heard from 2 seperate crew members that they've seen her around camp and I look forward to finally making her acquaintance. As I descended, the light was playing on the trees in an exceptionally resplendent way, it would kiss and caress the remaining ice, then glint and glimmer in a way finer than anything at Kay's... the show continues, for the living present. I lounged at Alum Cave for about an hour, watching the icicles hurl towards the Earth as the sun warmed them. I spotted my first Peregrine of the season, with his steely eyes glaring at us tourists in a dismissive way. Fox tracks, widowmakers and falcons make for a fine kind of sensory overload.