Chrissy decided to show off her llama tricks. They do love pancakes. The crew looks forward to the llama trips. They bring our groceries, clean linens, and mail. The mail is the most important part of the load. The crew says it is like being at summer camp and anticipating that package from grandma. Most of the crew does not have a form of internet on the mountain. They depend on good ole' snail mail to stay in touch with family. ( or they just give them a call) Yesterday was a wet day. Looks like we may have a little nicer weather today. I see some blue sky.
Between crew, guests, and dayhikers, sometimes you have to take a moment to breath. Chris and I were able to have a brief "date night" while watching sunset. We try and take a few minutes each day to remember why we love our job so much. Between the people we meet and the beauty of the mountain, it is a "no-brainer".
Yesterday was another prime example of what this mountain has to offer. The high was 54 and it was a gorgeous day. The rain held off until last night.
" A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe."- Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
Once again, the clouds settled in below and left us with an amazing day. The high was only 38 with a low of 28. We had our first sightings of bears. One on Bullhead, about a mile down, and one around the spring near camp.
Hello! This is Meredith, the assistant manager here on LeConte. I requested to do a guest-spot to introduce myself as I will be doing the blog while Chris and Allyson are off the mountain this year. I took some of the new crew to sunset last night, which was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen from atop this mountain, and wanted to share a photo with you! The low clouds looked like an ocean.
Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day!! The clouds settled in below us and the sun was shining all day. I went for a run and checked all of the views from up top. The high yesterday was 45 with a low of 27. While typing this post the rain has turned to snow. Looks like we are in for the some of the white stuff today.
The clouds and rain seemed to have settled in. The high yesterday was 40 with a low of 31. It has been windy and rainy and looks like there is plenty more where that came from. Chris and I are getting ready to run our third half marathon in six months, next Sunday. This weather is putting a damper on our training. Oh well, that is part of life up top.
"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." - Robin Williams
I hate to tell you, but we haven't seen any "Skunk Apes" or "Bigfoot" (or would the be "Bigfeet") on the mountain. All we are have are boomers, birds, fox, coyotes, and bears. I am sure other animals come through at night, they are shy.
Thank goodness there was no snow this morning. It was sleeting and spitting snow balls when we went to bed. I had visions of an accumulation for the morning. It is currently 37 degrees and dry.
I have trail updates. ACB trail is fine, Boulevard trail has a little ice on it, nothing that can't be passed. Trillium is fine. Rainbow has a pretty big blowdown that you have to crawl over. As for Bullhead, I still have no word. If you hike up or down this trail, please let us know what it is like.
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney
"It is not the length of life, but the depth. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Another cold night. The low was 20 with a high of 30. We awoke to half an inch of the powder. Apparently spring is not here!
What a storm we had last night. I wore my ruby slippers to bed incase I woke up in Oz. I hope everyone in the low lands survived it ok. The storm pushed the warm weather out and brought in the cold. The low last night was 27. It is now 25 and dropping.
I have heard about most of the trails. The ice has melted on Boulevard. It may still have blowdowns, but it is passable. Trillium is fine. Alum is fine. Rainbow is clear. The only trail I have not heard about is Bullhead. There may be some blowdowns on it.
Sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses, or in the case check out the sunset. The crew took a brief moment from their cleaning to enjoy the amazing sunset we had. I felt like as though I was wearing rose colored glasses.
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2018 Mt. LeConte Weather Data (Year-to-Date)