Solitude is a silent storm that breaks down all our dead branches. Yet it sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth. Man struggles to find life outside himself, unaware that the life he is seeking is within him. Nature reaches out to us with welcoming arms, and bids us enjoy her beauty; but we dread her silence and rush into crowded cities, there to huddle like sheep fleeing from a ferocious wolf. Kahlil Gibran
It's another clear, pretty morning up top. The high yesterday reached 32 degrees. The overnight low dipped to 22 degrees. It was 26 degrees and clear at 7am observation. It looks like it'll be another gorgeous day up here. The temperatures are supposed to creep a bit upwards today, so I would anticipate that the trails will begin to get a little tricky. The snow should be packed down and we'll have some thawing, so I would definitely recommend Microspikes if you intend to summit today.
Yesterday was one of those days where I just let solitude envelope me. I don't really know where the time went, but it went. I saw a few day hikers, but it was as if they were apparitions. I remained alone in my head. It had the essentials of all the best days: easy leisure, mental stimulation, good tired legs, constant beauty, soft winds, clear views, the gentle pattering of wildlife, the entire animated ever living world, reality.
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