What is the end of human life? It is not, believe me, the chief end of man that he should make a fortune and beget children whose end is likewise to make a fortune, but it is, in few words, that he should explore himself. Emerson
The mountain is shrouded in heavy clouds at the moment. My headlamp barely got me to the kitchen this morning. The high yesterday reached 42 degrees. The overnight low was 35 degrees. It was 38 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation. The mountain received 1.10" of rain yesterday. If it were only 10 degrees colder... the mountain would have over a foot and a half of snow. I can't lose hope on winter this early in the season, but this is starting to get discouraging.
I had a great hike down to the Alum Cave Bluffs yesterday. It was raining lightly the whole time and low clouds were hanging over us as we descended. The mountain felt so alive with the warm temperatures and damp vibrancy. I was half expecting the rhododendron to start blooming. I'll happily drink up these wet days (even if I would prefer some snow), the crowds thin out and beauty is still everywhere. It feels like my own private mountain hamlet on such 'miserable' days.
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