It’s currently 10 degrees and clear up top - an ocean of clouds rest below. We received trace amounts of precipitation. There was considerable hoar frost this morning.
24 hour temperature range: High 33 Low 9
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Moving through the dawn twilight, the mountain creaked and moaned as my boots carried me up the trail. Looking through a gap in the forest, I saw the clouds surrender to the clear sky above. I came to the conclusion that being above the clouds is one of life’s great pleasures. I continued crunching across the frozen ridge.
Not a fan of being below anything in the park, Clingmans Dome punched through the thick blanket of clouds - understandably so. By this point, I had been out in the cold and wind for almost an hour. My beard froze in its wind blown position. My cheeks were aching; yet, I couldn’t find the motivation to leave. Seeing the world in this way was like a siren’s call. Would I just stay and freeze? I came to my senses and traversed back down the mountain…
It was time for tea.
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