It's a peaceful, snowy morning up top. The high yesterday reached 29 degrees. The low got down to 15 degrees. It was 19 degrees and clear at 7am observation. There was abundant sunshine yesterday afternoon, resulting in about 5 inches of melt. There are 10 inches of snow left up top, but there are still some serious drifts on the trails. Gaiters, waterproof pants and shoes are a must. Please be sure to factor in just how difficult winter travel is into your plans, turn around before 3pm if you want to make it back to your car before dark. The footing is really shoddy with all the thaw and refreezing, so be careful out there. Please remember that the Lodge is CLOSED. Pride comes before the fall, know your limits and turn around instead of ending up like this.
I check the calendar in disbelief and am forced to no longer enjoy the moment, but start thinking of my plans for the coming days as I prepare to depart my winter post. Fortunately, it looks like I'll have a sufficient amount of winter weather at my next stop. I'll be working at a small cabin up in the White Mountains for a few months, checking in guests, maintaining trails & privies, and keeping the wood burning stove fired up to a balmy 40 degrees. I'm really looking forward to the challenging conditions and raw beauty of the Whites, there's really no other place I've been that can compare. Live free or die.