seems like everywhere i go, the more i see the less i know. but i know one thing, that i love you. i love you, i love you, i love you.
It's another brutally cold morning up top. The high yesterday reached 18 degrees. The overnight low got down to negative 12 degrees. It was negative 8 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received 3 inches of new snow, bringing the snowfall total up top to about 6 inches. The trails are sure to be in decent shape with fresh powder, I would definitely recommend some sort of snow pants and gaiters, but spikes and snowshoes would be overkill. There are few slick spots with this much fresh powder. The low temperatures expected over the next few days should keep the powder well intact. The roads are sure to be a mess, so please have patience as the Park Service does their best to get them open. You can check on their status on the Park Service's twitter feed.
I had a great run down to Rainbow Falls yesterday. The powder was fresh, it was like running in sand... on your own private island. The quietude was stunning, I am always a little shocked by how few take advantage of this marvelous time to be in the park. It takes a few moments to adjust to the cold and quiet and purity, but once you do a calm settles over your mind like a heavy fog. There is nothing to focus on but your steady breathing, quick footfalls and ever changing snowscape surrounding you. It is impossible not to feel good after exercising in these harsh conditions. Endorphins are a beautiful thing.
I've heard rumours that the Falls will freeze solid with 4-5 days of sub 25 degree temperatures and we've been nearing that threshold. When I arrived, I found a huge cone near the bottom and a few serious icicles hanging from the top. It had not yet frozen solid, but with last night's crazy cold, it may have today. It would be well worth the 2+ mile hike up to check it out!
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