It's a shame some people can't keep their butts off the ground! My wife can't under stand how one can hike up and smoke any way.!? Those who go to the mountain are so pose to love the mountain! HAGoodD <there is no shame any more>
Better still, don't bring cigarettes up the mountain at all. That way we can ALL breathe fresh air at all times (especially those of us with significant allergies).
My wife and I look forward to the day when we not only can see no evidence of cigarettes on the trail, but also when we can walk through Gatlinburg and not be involuntarily required to breathe in someone else's toxins.
There was a scientist with us last month. His study was with snails. We all looked for them on the way up. Found some and some shells. We came up Trillium.
Can you post a pic of the 2016 t shirt?
Jan, go to the March 16th blog in the archives, and you'll see the picture there!
look on archives march 16, 2016 and you will find a photo of the new t shirts. there is a black bear on it this year.
Please pass the pancakes and scrambled eggs. I need another biscuit too, please.
I'm making this post on May 1st. I saw a segment this morning in the Travel Channel about "Grandma Gatewood" who was one tough, tenacious, and determined elderly woman who hiked the Appalachain Trail three times in her senior years ! She was an inspiration to me beginning many years ago when I first began hiking in the Smokies, and thus the A.T. through the Park about every five years. I have done the Trail, but have never had the opportunity to do a "thru hike". It gives me reason to wonder if there are any thru hikers who stoop at the Lodge along their northward journey ? It would be a detour of course, but not inconceivable. Surely, if it could be fit into one's schedule, it would be a welcome diversion and 'side trip' on that 2K+ mile hike.
A small group of us hiked up to the LeConte Shelter from Icewater Springs shelter on Saturday and were visited by a large black bear at the shelter four times that night. The bear is not afraid of people one bit. I am not sure why he was not bothered by us but he came within 10 feet of us. He came around after we had cooked our food and when some others cooked theirs. If you are staying at the lodge be careful walking around the shelter area because the bear is out there somewhere.
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