We were going to meet at 10 am on Saturday morning and head up the mountain. The weather has been fairly good as I have mentioned in previous posts, but Saturday night promised to be brutal. high winds, snow early and a low temperature that could get to about 10 degrees F. Corey was bringing his daughter Taylor and Joe, his daughter Olivia. I would have brought my daughter but she is 34 weeks pregnant!
As I waited in the parking lot Saturday morning is started to snow and snow hard!
Olivia and Gideon (Joe)
moving up the trail it was overcast windy and cold
We stopped two or three times for breaks and snacks. We didn't need too as both girls ran up the hill with no effort what so ever!
Making it to the top the world looks cold and blustery
Joe and Olivia- "Wait Dad I have a text"
Corey and Taylor set up their hammocks in the wind
Joe having a hard time keeping a hold on his.
Finally got mine set up and anchored down
The moss and lichen don't seem to mind the weather.
Toward the end of the afternoon the winds died down and the weather started to change. The weather was actually clearing and the cloud cover was blowing off. This would mean a clear night but very low temperatures!
I kept warms by helping collect firewood and then breaking it into small pieces to start the fire. Bell Mountain is beginning to get loved to death. We noticed a lot more cleared spots for tents and it seems that some people might be cutting down trees for firewood. While we were there, there were three other large groups of tenters on the mountain.
We got the fire started early to warm everyone up.
Olivia and Joe
Dawn came to the mountain about 6:45 am.
What a difference 24 hours make. by 8 am it was blue sky and sunshine but it was also only 20 degrees. It had gotten to around 15 degrees during the night.
I left the father daughter teams at the top and headed down the hill to get some TGO speed training in this morning. I made the 6 miles to the car in 90 minutes.
The sun was shining but it was still very cold