i think you're beautiful but it's impossible to make you understand that if you don't take my hand i'll lose my mind completely. madness could finally defeat me.
It's the coldest morning I've seen up top. The high yesterday reached 3 degrees. The overnight low dipped down to negative 17 degrees. The temperature at 7am observation was negative 13 degrees. It's a beautiful, clear morning and the mountain has received no new snow. The trails are in good shape, as the new snow has yet to thaw and refreeze into a slick mess. Please be careful and be prepared for arctic type conditions if you're out. Jeans and sneakers won't cut it.
I had a gorgeous hike down Alum yesterday. It did not occur to me that the roads would be closed until I reached the cave and still had not seen anyone. I got further down the trail and realized how pleasantly quiet it was without the buzz of vehicles in the Park. Well, quiet isn't the right word - more like natural. If you stood there in the negative temperatures, you could even hear Mother Nature's stalwart trees creaking and groaning under the inhospitability of the winter's wrath. You know it is cold when the trees are complaining! The wind blown snow coming off the branches lit up like fairy dust across the deep blue sky and the rhodo tunnels crouching under the weight of fresh snow felt like hobbit holes to another (hopefully warmer) world. There is an ecstatic intensity to spending 5 hours in these virgin enchanted woods, unmatched in the altered world of man. Our ancestors spent their time in conditions like this. We reap the benefits of doing right in their eyes and justifying their legacy when we get out into the real world and move. We were made for this.
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