It’s currently 40 degrees and crystal clear up top. We received no precipitation.
The 24-hour temperature range: High 40 Low 25
I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. The cool mountain air paired with the evergreen undertones told me I was getting close to home. Rounding the bend, the trail leveled out. A Balsam Fir hunched over the trail to see who was coming. We recognized each other, even after eight months of being apart. Smiling, I continued down the corridor.
The last junction came into view. A simple wooded sign pointed me in the direction of my dreams. Thankful for the gesture, I didn’t need the guidance. Closing my eyes again, I thought of all things beautiful, strong and wild. The LeConte Lodge came into view. Another smile broke free. My feet navigated the trail automatically; every stone seemed familiar - every stone welcomed me back. Cheeks hurting, I continued down to the kitchen…
I was happy to be back.
P.S. - As you now know, I'm very excited to share another winter with you! As always, I'll continue to do my best to share Mt. LeConte through my lens and with my words. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! Cheers!
Thomas Wentworth Higginson