A Little Bit of Rain?
LeConte Falls made another appearance yesterday. The mountain received almost 2.5" of rain yesterday. There were some wet hikers making their way up the mountain. After the rain stopped, the clouds lifted, and we had an amazing view of the valley below. Some of the guests were commenting that it was the clearest they have ever seen. It is something else to experience the view once the rain stops and the it has washed away the "haze". You can see every nook and cranny from the hills below to the Kentucky and Virginia borders. The high yesterday was 56º with a low of 50º. We are currently socked in, but it is dry as of now.
Now, as for the wool blankets we use on the beds. They are Hudson Bay blankets. The beds were made from the lumber that was milled on the mountain. Jack Huff built each bed in the rooms where they are today. The beds would have to be disassembled to be taken out of the rooms. When you are on the mountain, just remember, you are sleeping on a piece of LeConte history.
6/3/2013 12:59:22 am
Does the water ever run into the dining room?
6/3/2013 03:51:47 am
There must be a drain at the bottom of those stairs by the dining room doors.
6/3/2013 01:50:24 am
Wow, thanks for the history on the bunks :-). Love the picture of LeConte Falls, still a magical place to be!
6/3/2013 02:31:44 am
Love that picture!
6/3/2013 03:23:59 am
Great picture, I wanted to come up but the lightning made me chicken out.
6/3/2013 05:17:18 am
That pictures bring back fun times when last Aug 5th we got 3.64 inches of rain AFTER we hiked in. I was so grateful for that. Sitting on my front porch dry watching the hikers come in. Yes, my husband and I have a picture standing in the middle of those Leconte Falls laughing. Thinking Holly Crap, were getting a ton of rain. The most recorded of the year while we were up there. So, Brian gets the snow and I get the rain. His family is coming up the same day as us this year, I think. Oh geess, what are we going to get? I don't dare think of it. Hopefully fireworks that we can see. lol
6/3/2013 05:57:46 am
Thanks - - now that I know the name of those blankets, all I have to do is go get a couple of them ! Your description of how it can become extremely clear after a rain is exactly why I love being up there during and after a good precipitation event. I don't exaggerate when I say that I truly enjoy hikng in rain, too ! G'day.
6/3/2013 06:09:03 am
That was my view on a hike last July, rolling water down the steps. My wife was worried that the lodge staff would be mad that water was dripping from our waterproof gear as we sipped a hot coffee. A staff member smiled and assured her that it was alright. (Guys don't worry about such things). I was standing on those same steps on December 30 with 6" of snow on the ground, and wishing that the kitchen was open for a hot coffee!
6/3/2013 06:48:51 am
LOVE THE PHOTO. I had the joy walking down Alum in this 2.5 rain you now speak of on Sunday. We sheltered on Saturday it was quite the something that rain. I just want to say thanks again for another great hosting of the Crew for the lowly shelter dwellers.
6/3/2013 07:00:37 am
Yes, hiking down Alum Cave trail yesterday during the 2.5" torrential downpour as quite an experience but still exhilarating and awesome.
6/3/2013 08:56:53 am
The rains come to wash the bear poop off the trails for us hikers.
6/3/2013 12:56:37 pm
Thanks for the bunk history and the info on the blankets - Whitley vs Hudson. My parents bought a Hudson Bay blanket back in the 60s and it's lovely. Great to hear which are the ones used at the Lodge on LeConte. Have heard of the "doings" of the Huffs for a long time and so glad to learn (however often) of more details. Saw several sites on line today which were advertising Hudson Bay blankets for sale. Some were with the Knoxville News Sentinel on line and some with other web sites. Seems as the best way to find a merchant for the blankets is to type in "Hudson Bay Wool
6/3/2013 01:08:35 pm
Hope the weather clears the atmosphere some more. Anticipated being able to see the Smokies today after the rain - but this morning, it had fogged/hazed back over and couldn't see past 'Black Oak Ridge in Fountain City/NE Knox County. Usually rain does clear up the atmosphere between here and the mountains as Allyson said it did yesterday--However, I missed it. Hope it does it again soon. I miss being able to see it from my home. Maybe tomorrow?
RJnLA (lower alabama)
6/3/2013 02:52:51 pm
hanksclothing.com seems to be much cheaper on the Hudson Bay blankets than anywhere else I've found online
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