It's another misty morning up top. The high yesterday reached 35 degrees. The low was a balmy 31 degrees. It was 34 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation. There is still some patchy snow left up top, which is slowly but steadily melting away. I would bet that it will be gone by tomorrow afternoon. The trails should be pretty manageable. There will likely be some slick spots near the top, so Microspikes would still be helpful, but not quite as necessary as a few days ago.
I spent the day yesterday taking care of camp chores and reading essays. It's finally starting to feel like I've settled in up here. It's almost like getting gear together for a backpacking trip. You think of all the contingencies, what you have, what you need, what you want, all the little comforts that are particular for you and arrange accordingly. Once you have it all laid out, it really hits you - you're here, you'll be there, and it becomes 'real' in a way that it wasn't when you were preoccupied with logistics. There's all kinds of little adjustments that make a place 'your own', but I finally feel like I've crested that plateau and things are just the way I like them. Now that my cabinkeeping is in order, I can focus on more important matters - seeing, feeling & reading. See y'all on the trails!