Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. Haruki Murakami
It's yet another stormy day up top. The high yesterday was 45 degrees. The low got down to 30 degrees. It was 35 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation. It sounds like the weather is supposed to clear sometime this afternoon and remain mellow until this weekend. The trails should be a bit wet, but I would still consider them totally passable. There should be no need for Microspikes. If you venture out today, you may be lucky enough to see a mind bending inversion like I did at sunset last night...
Top photo: Cliff Tops. Above: Sun setting over inversion.
The view outside the window had hardly changed over the past 4 days. You do not account for what you have until it is gone. When the sun parted through the trees late yesterday afternoon, my heart skipped a beat. It is as biological a need that we can have, this craving for light. I do not know why it brings such joy to the heart, but it does. I believe it is simpler than I am making it sound, but these particular rays of UV light moved me to remember what I was grateful for. For that gentle reminder, I am thankful.
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