It’s currently 14 degrees and clear. Yesterday’s high was 32 degrees, with an overnight low of 12 degrees.
Walking through the pre-dawn light, I thought about sunrise. Why was it so important to me to be out and about every morning? I could be laying in bed, watching the sky change from my comfortable loft window. I think it has to do with the process and the unknown. The cold unlit walk across Mt. Le Conte never ceased to raise questions in my head. In one hour, the gloomy landscape I dawdled through would be transformed into a different spectacle. Witnessing the mountain change, everyday, inspired me to consistently leave the warmth of the loft. I loved the process - the transformation. The unknown outcome of the sun’s influence on the Great Smoky Mountains multiplied the pull to saunter about. Still thinking, I arrived at my destination…
The mountain morphed before me.
“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out until sundown: for going out, I found, was really going in.” - John Muir