It is a beautiful, blustery morning up top. The high yesterday reached 30 degrees. The overnight low was 23 degrees. It was 27 degrees and lightly snowing at 7am observation. It looks like the mountain is due to receive a little bit of snow today. There is still a trace left up top. The trails are rather icy, hopefully the new snow provides some much needed traction. It should be a great day to get out, enjoy!
I had a great hike up Rainbow yesterday. I love late afternoon jaunts up the mountain, there is always so much to see. The grey evening light settled as I got towards Rocky Spur, allowing me to watch the stars come up as I made the ridgewalk from the Bullhead junction. There is so much astonishment to be had in this environment, you just need to stay alert and let the inspiration flow into you. Many come to the woods for their sparseness, that 'other' quality in comparison to their overstimulated lives. There is so much to engage the mind once your focus narrows and the clutter drops to the wayside. Break out of your man made chrysallis.
"There is so much astonishment to be found in this environment," you say. That is a wonderful observation. What does astonishment really mean? A receptiveness to things that don't fit our preconceived notions. For most people, somewhere along the lines as we grow up, a subtle and insidious shift takes place in which we start preferring the familiar instead of the unknown, so we reject the distant galaxies because we can't place them in familiar categories.
tomk in SC
2/10/2014 02:17:59 am
We start preferring the familiar. That's deep! Children are all about something new because they have figured out that the world is full of new and wonderful things. At some point fear and (something else) replaces joyous curiousity and we abandon trails for ruts. We prefer the familiar until bored, but by then alternatives are invisible. Unless we seize the opportunity to try the unfamiliar and take a chance on wonder.
2/10/2014 02:32:00 am
Very well stated, Jenny B.
2/10/2014 01:04:00 pm
Jenny: I really like reading about your adventures; especially the pictures that accompany. I like seeing what you saw on your hike. Keep it up it's fun to "go along" with you.
2/10/2014 02:56:41 am
Wanda R: It's there......enjoy
2/10/2014 04:36:18 am
Thanks Doug, I retrieved the recipe from your website.
2/10/2014 04:30:43 am
I agree with all of the above statements, we live while we live, if that makes any sense. I don't have the education to deliver the words of wisdom as most do but I dream big. I so enjoyed my trip to Mt. LeConte (twice) as I get older I find that my (young mind, I'm now 62) races way ahead of me while my body tries to catch up. Sometimes it seems that the thought of the trip is more exciting and the descriptions are more enjoyable than the actual event because your so caught up in the rugged terrain and being out of breath that you forget to enjoy the moment and it's not until much later when all is quiet and your mind slips back into the hike. I love the post from JP and all he has to offer to all of us while we sit and sip our coffee, we're able to relive our footsteps on the mountain once again. Thanks for being our link to the mountains.
2/10/2014 05:44:52 am
As Kent said many people - (teenagers as well as adults) prefer the familiar even when its not good for us. Indeed it may be bad for us but somehow the familiar actions seem to be the ones chosen. Maybe the outcomes are not the ones wished for but folks just keep doing it over again hoping it will be different "this time". nfortunately, I've heard it said, "If you keep doing the same things you will keep getting the same results."
2/10/2014 06:25:03 am
last sentence!, it's called father time... you can't be the same yeras later... TIME
2/10/2014 06:46:19 am
2/10/2014 07:51:49 am
Does anyone remember the Mountain View hotel in Gatlinburg ?
norman "the airborne rebel"
2/10/2014 11:05:14 am
JT-to young (at 72.5) to remember! But googled history of the mountain view hotel, Gatlinburg..has 2 pictures 1926 I think it was, from William Britten Photograph.. jean d-you can Boo! Hiss! all you want. I agree, fresh "doins", new acts. & thoughts are helpfull, but you can't stop time (the clock keeps ticking).. Doug y.. you are all the time refering to 'father time' etc. & and you are correct, it is EASY to stay the same... God bless!
2/10/2014 01:47:13 pm
The Mountain View was at traffic light #3, the big Y intersection @ Hwy 321. Where a City Parking Garage is now. "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"
2/11/2014 03:38:00 am
Val, Did you ever have the pleasure of staying or eating in the Mountain View Hotel ? I ate several delicious meals there , they served your food in courses . Thanks for answering
2/10/2014 11:59:06 am
Great comments by all today.So true. Jenny B, I enjoy reading and looking at pics on your site almost as much as this site. Only wish my health allowed me to do a small part of what most of you do. I still enjoy when I can.
2/10/2014 02:05:36 pm
2/10/2014 02:50:13 pm
wondering if anyone has stayed at the Lodge by themselves in one of the cabins? Will they allow you to stay by yourself or stick in another single with you? Just curious.
tomk in SC
2/11/2014 12:48:58 am
The lodge does NOT throw someone else in the same room, but they will throw someone else in the same cabin if your room happens to be in the 2BR or 3BR cabins.
2/11/2014 04:42:35 am
Thanks Doug Y and Tom for the info on the cabins
2/10/2014 09:32:10 pm
Big snow on the way JP..Enjoy !!
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