There are numerous reasons the lodge doesn’t operate during the winter months, and it’s days like these so close to the end of the season that remind us why. The mountain top is a frigid place to be at the moment. Just as the oven was cranking out the heat as best it could to perk the morning coffee, the thermometer kept tumbling downward. The dial bottomed out at 14° this morning, and with gusts cutting through cabins and trees, the wind chill factor had us experiencing temps at or just below 0. Our coldest conditions at the lodge since April and the most bone-chilling the air has been all autumn by far. To make up for it, thankfully, the skies continue to be clear and mostly sunny, offering up limitless views and vivid colors at dusk and dawn. We’re creeping back up near the freezing mark and could tap the mid 30s later this afternoon, but with this persistent wind it won’t much matter. In fact, the next several days the gusts forecasted are expected to maintain their speed at 25mph. So load up on the layers and protective shells to retain warmth and keep the cutting winds at bay. We have a few more days of sun on the docket before wet conditions return by Thursday.
Reminder that beginning tonight guests staying overnight will be served supper at 6:00. Ever since the time change, visitors have the opportunity to catch a sunrise from either Myrtle Point or the closer Apollo Overlook before breakfast is served at 8:00. And for these remaining nine days (yes, single digits now) of the season our gift shop hours will be 8:30-9:15 and 12:00-5:00.
Stay warm, hike smart, and have a great rest of the day.