Yesterday, the crew eagerly climbed the mountain and began settling in to their new homes for the next 8+ months. Today, we waste no time getting our hands dirty in preparation for flying. By now it’s no mystery that winter is hoping to make its final stand in the coming days, but that won’t deter us from trying to accomplish what we can to ensure this place is ready to rock on Opening Day.
Our high temperature on Friday barely scraped 34 degrees, while our low last night dipped to a frigid 12. The mountain was shrouded in clouds much of the day until the ceiling finally lifted around suppertime. You could see the frost slowly form and thicken on the trees all afternoon, watching the shift from green to white cascade down the mountain. By sunset, the scene was quite magical as the crystalline firs and spruces complimented the oranges, pinks, and purples taking turns in the sky. The moon shone bright in the crisp, clear air, but not enough to prevent my eyes from catching a shooting star jet southward across the sky around 8:00 PM.
Please continue to stay well informed in regards to the weather forecast this week. Snow and bone-chilling temperatures make even the simplest of tasks difficult, and that quickly gets amplified when one is out and about in the wilderness. Stay safe, and remember that even though this weather can prevent us from flying, once we do, vast portions of the lodge grounds will be off limits.
Have a great weekend!