January 11th, 2017
We complain incessantly about the "fast pace of modern life," and say that we have "no time". But of course most of us have lots of time, or else every study wouldn't show that we watch three or four or five hours of television a day. It's that time the way it really works has come to bore us. Or at least make us nervous, the way that silence does, and so we need to shut it out. We fill time, instead of letting it fill us. Bill McKibben
It's a cloudy, rainy morning up top. The high yesterday reached 38 degrees. The overnight low was 20 degrees. It was 38 degrees and raining lightly at 7am observation. The mountain received .21 inches of rain last night, leaving only patchy snow remaining up top. The trails are sure to be slick today, so be prepared for wet conditions. Get out and enjoy this quiet day!
I was feeling a bit under the weather the past few days and decided to try to run the congestion out of my system. I went really slowly and carefully, picking my way across the snow in delicate footsteps. I was worried about hitting a patch of black ice, but mostly the anxiety dissipated in the endorphins. It felt good to reclaim my body again and be out in the world. I made it out to Myrtle and admired some lone fox tracks who made it out there before me. I went to Cliff Tops, admired the wind, then butt slid down the steeper path to the lodge. It was only about 2 miles, but it did wonders for my mind. This is the time of the year where I am forced to slow down, to enjoy the sights and breathe deep in the wilderness instead of trying to use the mountains as a test of fitness. While the adaptation requires patience at times, it is good for the mind. It brings a different kind of calm.
1/11/2017 10:28:33 am
I may never get to see this in person but planning a visit to Cade's Cove in the Spring. I'm overwhelmed at the beauty you show and enjoy reading your reports. I'd love to be able to spend a season on top. Thanks for sharing and all you do.
1/11/2017 01:57:29 pm
The rare and elusive "dwarfeti".
1/11/2017 03:42:02 pm
Beautiful picture up top! I can personally testify that since I have had alot of forced "time on my hands", I have enjoyed life, and the people and adventures in it, more. Peace.
1/11/2017 10:06:44 pm
Just curious. Can't tell the scale of your "Bobcat" track in the snow from Picture yesterday. Was it approx 2"x2"?
1/11/2017 10:20:15 pm
As you noted, the "bobcat" track was too big for a bobcat. Comparing the size of the back of your glove, it would appear the track is more in the 31/2' to 4" size. With the likely animal relocations due to the fire and your deer track sighting...wonder if you're having a visiting cougar in the area.
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"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." ~John Muir
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