It's a beautiful, misty morning up top! The high yesterday reached 44 degrees. The overnight low was 36 degrees. It was 40 degrees and foggy at 7am observation. The mountain received .30" of rain last night. The trails are in great shape - I am still marvelling at the work that was done on Alum! I hope that some of the smoke will have dissipated with last night's rain and heavy winds. There may be some light trail runoff today, but there is no ice anywhere on the trails. Get out and enjoy this beautiful day!
It is good (better than good, great!) to be back on the mountain. I have been rambling around these past few months and it is such a relief to be waking up in the same lovely cabin every day with familiar terrain right out my door. There are few things that beat the feeling of a new season of adventures on the brink. I have so many hikes to do, so many books read, so many laughs to share with friends. I am so fortunate to call the lodge my winter home. This season already feels like it has a character of it's own. I've never seen smoke on the trails like I have the past two days and it is rather eerie to pass all of my water bottle filling stations on the trail and see them dry as can be. It is an ominous start to the season, but I am still as eager as ever to get it all started! Thanks in advance for the warm welcome home and I look forward to seeing y'all up top!