It's another beautiful day up top. The high yesterday reached 27 degrees, although it felt cooler with consistent winds throughout the day. The low was recorded yesterday morning at 9 degrees. It was 22 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation and there is still some patchy snow remaining up top. I chatted with some day hikers and they said the ice wasn't too tricky on Alum. I'd still be extra careful, you never know where there is black ice lurking under fresh powder in conditions like this. Enjoy the day!
I spent the majority of the day yesterday reading. Enforced bed rest felt like captivity after weeks of running free in the mountains, but it is best to be safe after catching my first serious illness in years. I love the strenuous life, but the occasional taste of the leisurely life has it's charms as well. I listened to the wind, finished a great book and fell into another promising one, watched the light change outside my cabin window... and got scared when the moon came up (it looked like a flood light!). It has been pretty cloudy at night so I honestly hadn't seen my moon friend in a few days. It completely slipped my mind that we were due for a full moon. The new snow amped up the brightness to 11. I couldn't help myself and went strolling around camp without a headlamp. It was even more fun to venture into scraggly spruce firs, their shadows playing games with my mind as I went deeper and deeper. Nothing like a shot of danger just before bed to make your subconscious do backflips. Eat your carrots, night hike, dream big bobcat dreams.
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