The mountain is now an ice palace, as any melt that occurred yesterday quickly refroze in the night. There remains about 0.25" of snow on the ground. Winds picked up significantly Tuesday afternoon, countering any warmth one might feel in the sun. Average temperatures should steadily rise in the coming days to pull us back out of winter's cold grasp.
The sky was simple. An Florida orange horizon meshed beautifully with the plum hues of the valley light. I zoomed in as far as I could in the morning haze. Mount Kephart stood stoically in the distance.
The Jump Off protruded with a confidence only a mountain could sustain. Happy with every last bit of it, I wandered further up the trail…soon disappearing into the wilds of nature.
"It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy."