I’m always inclined to believe that the best way of knowing [the divine] is to love a great deal. Love that friend, that person, that thing, whatever you like, you’ll be on the right path to knowing more thoroughly, afterwards; that’s what I say to myself. But you must love with a high, serious intimate sympathy, with a will, with intelligence, and you must always seek to know more thoroughly, better, and more. Van Gogh
It's another gorgeous, above the clouds morning up top. The high yesterday reached 34 degrees. The overnight low was 23 degrees. It was 24 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation and there is no more snow remaining up top. It is pretty icy out right now, so be sure to pack some sort of traction devices if you intend to reach the summit! Enjoy the day!
I spent yesterday cruising along with my friend Becca, trying to see what I haven't yet seen this season. We went out early on the Boulevard trail (which still has plenty of patches of snow) and revelled in the wonderful ridge walk. We had a short lunch at Icewater Springs, then went out to Charlie's Bunion. How folks climb up that off trail, I have no idea. We hiked back towards the Jump Off, which unfortunately, had no view whatsoever. You could still feel the depth of that great space, an abyss that chills you to the core.
It is so rejuvenating to be reminded of how spectacular my backyard is. There is just so much to see, especially on such a characteristically Smokies day - alternating between long, clear views and walking through dense clouds... these woods just scream character and depth. I can't wait to get to know them even better. We were made for one another. There is too much to love in this world.
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