It had rained/snowed the previous day. Woke up to a beautiful clear morning (29 deg F, went above freezing during the day). Snow made the scenery much more beautiful. By the afternoon, there was much mud on the trail. Long 15.4 mile hike but nothing difficult.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe