It looks like it'll be another damp day, as the mountain is still in a cloud. The forecast is calling for some clearing over the next few days. The high yesterday reached 42 degrees. The overnight low was 38 degrees and it was 38 degrees and cloudy at observation. The mountain received .08" of rain yesterday. The trails are very soggy right now. Be prepared for wet socks!
Although the mountain was in a cloud all day yesterday, a hike down to Alum got me out of the gray for a few hours. The dense fog rising off the ridges as my friend & I descended was ominous as always. A fine mist was hovering throughout our hike, a veil carefully hiding the landscapes' nuances that I'm getting to know so well. We saw a small opossum on the way down. It was my first wildlife sighting of the year, not counting red squirrels and moles. It was a pleasant afternoon for my hike back up the mountain, I was exhausted after a hearty meal and took naps at Inspiration Point and the Alum Cave Bluffs. I treasure these socked in days, as they are continually reminding me to be aware of my surroundings, appreciative of the sun when it shines, as well as the rain when it comes down from above.