It's another grey, blustery morning up top. The high yesterday reached 46 degrees. The overnight low was 41 degrees. It was 44 degrees and mostly cloudy at 7am observation. The mountain received .42 inches of rain yesterday and there was plenty of melt. We are down to patchy snow up top. There is considerable water melting off the mountain, so be prepared for a sloppy hike if you intend to reach the summit. Get out and enjoy the quiet majesty!
I went out for a nice rainy wander yesterday afternoon. I went out to Myrtle Point and the trails were a slushy nightmare. It was pretty uncomfortable hiking and it was impressive how much water was coming down the trails. It is pretty wild to think that as of Sunday night we still had a foot of snow up here and all that water is trying to get off the mountain right now... We watched a few ravens riding thermals for half an hour, as we were soaking in the stillness of a quiet, warm day on the mountain. Visibility was limited to 30 feet, but every other sense was fully alive. The ever active gusts of wind, the rich smell of spring on the horizon, the hard, real rock under our bodies... Another year, and I get that familiar feeling. I miss this place even though I haven't left yet.
3/4/2015 12:53:16 am
Love the pics and posts. Wondering if you will be back next year? When does the crew start up to get ready to open for the year? Happy hiking!!
3/4/2015 02:52:18 am
Pam, i am wondering too if JP will be back next winter!
3/4/2015 02:53:39 am
JP, I know the official mourning period begins March 10, but durn it, just as in your sentiments, we're already sad at your taking leave of us.
3/4/2015 09:58:19 am
Spiritual= soul,eternal soul. Will you be back,JP?
3/4/2015 04:55:32 pm
JP, I've yet to make it all the way up Mt. Leconte. Alum Cave Bluffs have been my limit thus far due to physical limitations. But, I just wanted to let you know that even though I have posted only once before, I faithfully read your daily posts. It's the last thing I do each and every night. Also just wanted you to know how much I've enjoyed your pics, your daily posts and your attitude on life in general and I hope your back next winter! I'm a native Texan who has come to the GSMNP for the past 36 years and considers the area my second home. Here's to safe travels when you leave on the 10th!
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