A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world. Kerouac
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.
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