It’s been a delightfully sunny day ever since sunup, with mostly clear skies and a skin-warming glowy object shining from above. In fact, it’s been a great spot for views going back to yesterday with a colorful sunset and superbly clear lights twinkling in the valley below. We danced around the freezing mark last night but might even tap 50° this afternoon as temps rise. Everyone up here knows to enjoy it because we have interesting weather, some of the wintry variety, about to roll in. Wednesday’s mid section is calling for wind, rain, and possibly some snow accumulation. You heard that correctly. That means trail and road conditions could become slick and treacherous in an instant, also depending on the severity of the temperature drop. Have all the gear necessary for making a safe traverse of the mountain, and also consider a plan B for reaching the summit if the Park decides to close US 441 for visitor safety. Looking ahead to the weekend, the forecast appears to be a wet one. We’ll dive into that later once it draws closer.
There just isn’t enough time or room on a page to write what is next, but it’s certainly worth mentioning on here anyways. Yesterday signified the last llama trip of the season with Alan and Chrissy Householder at the wrangling helm. These two dedicated team members have been leading, caring for, and maintaining our farm for a combined 30 years. Despite a great deal of their contributions happening behind the scenes, their involvement and impact has had and will continue to have a lasting positive impression on the lodge. Both in how we operate while also extending to the experience we are able to provide for you, our guests and visitors. They have poured their bodies and souls into tending to our favorite fuzzy friends while staying true to our company’s mission, and we simply cannot thank them enough for their commitment, passion, sweat, and selflessness. Alan is officially retiring, while Chrissy will pursue her life’s calling as a travel nurse. We are excited to see what adventures await them, and will certainly miss having them as part of our team and work family. Please join us in wishing the absolute best to Alan and Chrissy!
Have a great rest of the day.