January 17th, 2019
It’s currently 29 degrees and socked in up top. We still about a half inch of snow on the ground, but it just started snowing heavily. Expect road closures.
24 hour temperature range | High: 32 Low: 21
NOAA 7-Day Forecast
Mountain - Forecast Weather
Wandering back up the Alum Cave Trail, my footsteps carried me upward, toward the sky. Emerging from the cloud, I was above it all. Never have I seen a mountain in so many ways. Golden light poked through cracks in the fir. Continuing across the ice, I soon approached my home. Mount LeConte smiled in the sun.
Sitting with a warm cup of coffee I opened my mind and began digging for words. They wouldn’t coming easy. I explored further. My attention fell to the window. What would the mountain decide to do? Rain, snow, or continued inversion? I took a large gulp of coffee. The first snow flake landed on the window pane. A crowd of flakes followed - old man winter was knocking at my door once again.
I took another sip, and welcomed him in.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”
― John Muir, Our National Parks
1/17/2019 07:14:54 pm
Thank you for the picture and the John Muir quote. How necessary was that for me today. Three of us hiked up Alum Cave trail for the first time in August 2018 and stayed in the shelter. I will never, never forget it.
1/19/2019 12:15:33 pm
Reminds me of a Thanksgiving trip up Alum to spend night in the shelter. Two feet? snow, This was 1960 something. We came down Rainbow.
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