It’s currently 12 degrees and clear. Our 24-hour high was this morning, 11 degrees. The low was – 6 degrees.
Cherokee Orchard Road is open at the park boundary but will remain closed above the Twin Creeks Science Center.
I gazed at the temperature before crawling into bed. It felt particularly cold all the sudden. The display read –5 degrees. I sighed and made for the loft…
I woke unsure – unsure of how cold it was beyond the warm walls of my cabin. The wind had howled all night. I was surprised to find that it wasn’t nearly as cold as the evening prior. Less worried about frost bite, I confidently walked to sunrise. Yesterday’s footprints remained the only sign of human life on Mt. Le Conte.
The sky was crystal clear, allowing the pre-dawn horizon to glow a deep orange. The fiery light was soon burning the tops of the trees. Savoring the scene, I drifted toward the mysterious tunnel that invited me further.