February 24th, 2017
But I must wait. Wait and listen. That inner stillness is the only way to reach these inner marvels, these inner miracles all of us possess. And when truth strikes, that brief, blinding illumination tells me what every writer comes to know. If you would write the truth, you must first become the truth. George Sheehan. Photo by my friend Emily Melick. Chimney Tops, March 2014.
It's another beautiful, warm morning up top. The high yesterday reached 54 degrees and the overnight low was 39 degrees. It was 39 degrees and clearing at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation and there is no snow remaining up top. The trails are in great shape, get out and enjoy the spring temperatures with 'winter' crowds!
Grace and I spent another lazy day enjoying the lodge yesterday. We took care of some closing/opening (depends on your perspective!) chores, read on the porch and watched the clouds. The end of things is always bittersweet, but change is what makes this itinerant life so sweet. Without contrast (new yet familiar mountains, dear old friends), things would grow too familiar for my taste. While packing up my beloved books and saying goodbye to my sweet little cabin always brings a tear to my eye, I know it is for the best in the long haul - it is paramount that the adventure feels fresh.
2/24/2017 09:20:11 am
JP, Please google Pinnacle Park Runner Injured, and take extra care on the trails. The article was in Smoky Mountains News and I immediately thought of you. Take care and Godspeed in your travels.
2/24/2017 10:30:17 am
Hi JP - Along with many others, I'm hoping you be back with us next winter. Your images, both verbal and visual, make the season so much more tolerable. Happy trails, always!!
2/24/2017 02:12:01 pm
EVERY time I leave the Smokies to return to my native home, tears well up in my eyes. For I long to be near these mountains always.....someday. Have a beautiful day!
Barbara "Mamaw B" Allen
2/25/2017 10:15:06 am
So sorry I didn't get up the mountain while you were there. Good luck to you and Grace and hope to see you next season or somewhere on the trail. Love to both of you.
JP cant believe 12 more days on the Beautiful,Wonderful Mt. Le Conte seems like you just arrived,surely will miss you but hopefully you will return Thanksgiving. Will you be returning to New Hampshire after P.R.? Have been there twice and N.H.once .Camped in the White Mts. of N.H.in Oct.Beautiful.WISH SO I COULD MEET YOU GOT TO MEET JOHN AT HIS BS. IN 2015 SUCH A NICE GUY AND HE SAYS THE SAME ABOUT YOU.GUESS GRACIE WILL BE LEAVING WITH YOU,SHE SURE IS PRETTY AND TELL HER I WILL MISS HER ALSO.A DEDICATED FRIEND IN MS.
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