It was a windy, yet mild day up top. The high was 36 degrees. The low was 30 degrees. It was 35 and windy at observation. There is still quite a bit of ice on Alum. It is at it's worst about a mile from the top. Be sure to bring traction devices or extreme caution! Special thanks to Dick K. for hiking me up some fresh produce and reading material!
On my hike down Alum yesterday, Jacob and I saw more Bobkitten tracks scattered around the trail than I'd seen yet. Bobkitten is my favorite and most elusive neighbor. I can't wait until we finally meet. George Sheehan says that first, we must be good animals. I've often thought about how much I could learn from Bobkitten by being able to watch him/her for a day. Bobkitten has to be ever present in each moment of his/her life as a matter of survival. There are no distractions, just an eternal fight to stay ahead of the elements. It is a noble and simple life lived according to the dictates of nature. I wish I could be more like Bobkitten.