The secret of the mountains is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no "meaning," they are meaning; the mountains are. The sun is round. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it, there is ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day. Peter Matthiessen
It looks like it'll be a great day to be out on the trail. The high yesterday reached 40 degrees and the overnight low hit 25 degrees. It was 25 degrees and clear at 7am observation. I went down Bullhead and up Rainbow yesterday. The trail down Bullhead is still in pretty bad shape. There are 4 or 5 blowdowns that are pretty tricky. Here's a photo of one...
_There's almost no ice left on the trails. We've been having some 'good sky' for views and it looks like that should continue through the weekend. I'm hoping the clear skies hold up this evening. My friend Jim pointed out to me that there's a major meteor shower tonight. It won't be quite as fun as the Perseids, but I'm going to scout out a nice high point and test out my new cold weather sleeping system (Special thanks to Aaron at 3T Threadworks!). I'll be the guy sipping coffee in a purple quilt. You may not recognize me because after seeing 100 meteors an hour I may no longer be human.
In other news, nothing beats snail mail. Especially when you hike 10 miles to get it. Anticipation is a gift in itself. Thanks to all my amazing friends who take the time to correspond with me, sending me long letters and their lightly used copies of Rolling Stone. You've got a special place in my heart.
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