"He had done this thing before, somewhere in that other and dimly remembered world, and he was doing it again now, running free in the open, the unpacked earth underfoot, the wide sky overhead" -Jack London, The Call of the Wild
We had a mild night. It got down to 30 degrees. It was up to 42 on the summit yesterday. It was 34 and clear at weather observation. Looks like another nice day. The ice has melted at lower elevations, but there are still quite a few tricky sections high up on Alum.
I had a great day yesterday. I hiked down to Park Service HQ and introduced myself to dispatch. It's nice to finally have faces to put to the call number 700. I met Mr. Wightman who was kind enough to field my questions about the WFR course offered at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont. It'd be great to get more qualified without having to leave the park!
I hiked up Alum and saw a lot of people coming down. It looks like all the widowmakers have crashed, but I'm sure there will be more on their way soon. I made it up here in record time and made some tasty soup for dinner. It felt good to finally do a long day.
The sunsets haven't gotten old yet.
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