O the joy of a manly self-hood! To be servile to none, to defer to none, not to any tyrant known or unknown, To walk with erect carriage, a step springy and elastic, To look with calm gaze or with a flashing eye, To speak with a full and sonorous voice out of a broad chest, To confront with your personality all the other personalities of earth. Whitman
It's a bitter cold morning up top, but there is glory on the horizon. The high yesterday reached 24 degrees. The overnight low dipped down to negative 10 degrees. It was negative 8 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received 6 inches of fresh snow, starting around 11am yesterday. The mountain now has a total of about 10 inches of snow, with deeper drifts up top. The trails are sure to be tough without much foot traffic, so be well prepared for a slog if you plan on coming to the mountains today. The Park Service is hard at work trying to get the roads safe, so please be patient. You can check on road conditions on their twitter feed.
Yesterday was one of the highlights of my season up top. Sadly, there are few days where the snow is really flying like that. I ran out to Myrtle Point and Cliff Tops and back a few times, just doing my best to make memories and soak in all this snowstormy wonder. The wind was threatening to blow me aside, I lost my footing a few times and fell in the snow, collapsing like a joyous, overmatched child. Some wonderful mix of ecstasy and exhaustion was overtaking me. There is no way to avoid this manic exhilaration when the mountain is in furious snow. It is addictive.
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