Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney. Vincent van Gogh
It's a beautiful, clear morning up top. The high yesterday reached 42 degrees. The overnight low was 24 degrees. It was 24 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation last night. There is no snow remaining up top. However, there are still quite a few impressive ice sheets on Alum, so be prepared to slip and slide if you don't have traction devices. Get out and enjoy the day, it looks like it is bound to be a good one!
Top photo: The Ogle Place. Above: Dancing on Alum!
I was reminded this morning of my time spent working in Vermont for the Green Mountain Club two summers ago. I was a caretaker on Mount Mansfield and we were doing some early season summit coverage. My friend Kevin and I got up to the summit a bit early and were enjoying some quiet time before the crowds showed up. As we watched the ravens dive and twirl in the jet streams just above our heads, he casually remarked about how some things about this job never get old. I don't know why, but that stuck with me. Watching this morning's early fog burn off, revealing my beloved spruce fir forest after a day in the cloud likewise, never gets old.
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