(Hark close and still what I now whisper to you, I love you, O you entirely possess me, O that you and I escape from the rest and go utterly off, free and lawless, Two hawks in the air, two fishes swimming in the sea not more lawless than we;) Whitman
It's a beautiful, snowy morning up top. The high yesterday reached 28 degrees. The overnight low got down to 15 degrees. It was 15 degrees and cloudy at 7am observation.The snow started flying around 11am yesterday and picked up throughout the day. The mountain received 9 inches of new snow, bringing our total to about 10 inches. The trails have soft, fluffy powder all over them, so be sure to have waterproof shoes, gaiters, snow pants and a change of socks if you intend to summit. Otherwise, you're gonna be in trouble. The Park Service is currently working on getting the roads open. That is sure totake some time, so I'd suggest hiking the Old Sugarlands trail or something in the Gatlinburg vicinity if you want to get out and move. It is getting dark around 6pm, so unless you have a headlamp and enjoy night hiking on uneven terrain, I'd suggest turning around at 3pm to ensure that you get back to civilization. Have fun!
Top photo: As the snow starts piling up... Above: Snowflake on my lens.
Blue haze as night falls.
The pow piles under headlamplight.
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