A very cold clear morning with a bright sun on the horizon and a half moon in the sky.
Six deer are out on Cook's Pond, who slipped between the main island and a smaller island, and out of sight. Likely there are more out of sight.
A woodpecker's morning breakfast is echoing out over the frozen ice.
Hiking Conditions: Once again, yesterday's melts will have frozen solid overnight. Watch for patchy ice, crusty snow surfaces, patches of mud, and deep pockets of snow, making hiking an adventurous mix over different terrains.
Today Ted arrives in Georgia, and gets picked up by the Hiker Hostel in Dahlonega, where he is staying over tonight. Ted on the AT update here: tedatgwlt.blogspot.com
Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):
Temperature is 16.0 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 54% and steady;
Pressure is 30.42" Hg and steady;
The skies are clear;
The wind is still;
The Cascades Brook in both channels is mostly open with only a few covered patches;
The Cascades continue to peek through some holes as the flow of melt water from the higher elevations heads this way;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE!
National Weather Service Forecast:
Partly sunny, with a high near 37.
Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the morning.