It is that time of year to get out and explore the mountain top. It is crazy how the mountain changes year after year. It seems as though there are a lot more blow downs in certain areas. This will eventually lead to the forest floor changing. Chris and I were noticing that the little saplings that were 2 feet tall when we first started are over 7 feet tall. Views we used have have been filled in with new growth. Change is a good thing. It keeps life interesting.
Speaking of change, the temperatures warmed up. The high yesterday was 61 with a low of 39. I hear it is supposed to be warmer today. We will keep our fingers crossed.
"Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy." - John Denver
It was a John Denver kind of day yesterday. Chris and walked up to Cliff Tops and soaked up some vitamin D. It is always good for the soul. I have heard there are a lot of wildflowers out on Bullhead. About 1 1/2 miles from the top. That will make for a perfect little hike on the next sunny day. Yesterdays high was 46 with a low around 40. The sun is out for the moment. Hopefully we will have a repeat of yesterday.
This is the longest period of time with high winds that I can remember in the past nine years. We have had winds for over 24 hours. The storms hit us hard last night. We had over 4.5 inches of rain. I am surprised the cabins did not end up in the rivers below. The winds are still howling, but the sun is trying to peek through. Hopefully we will have a nice day on the mountain.
The winds are blowin'. It is looking like a gloomy day on Mt. LeConte. The guests will be eating breakfast by lamplight. The high yesterday was 56. It was a nice day for a hike. Today on the other hand, is not looking to promising. The good thing about weather like this, when you get to the top, there is a nice hot cup of hot cocoa waiting on you.
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a lesson we have to learn on the mountain. Our friends are telling us how spring is every where in the lowlands. One day we have a beautiful spring like day and the next it is a snowy, slushy, mess. Then we have another day like yesterday. The high was 50 degrees. The snow melted quickly. The reports we have received are that the trails seem to have cleared. It is looking like another day of sun and warmer weather for us.
Wow, within three days we have gone from 70 degree days to 34 degrees. This weather is a prime example of why you should be prepared for every type of weather in the spring in the Smokies.
Last nights low was 29 degrees. The ground has a hard, crusty layer of snow and ice. I am sure the top section of the trails is quit slick. We have about an inch of snow on the ground. Today is starting off with a beautiful, blue sky.
I just wanted everyone to know that it is currently snowing up top. The trails have been clear of ice for a week or so. With this latest storm moving thru, I can not say it will stay that way. I will keep you posted.
The winds rocked the house last night. They plowed through camp. I thought I was going to wake up in Gatlinburg. The temperature yesterday was 65 degrees. I awoke this morning to 34 degrees. What a difference a day makes. If I had to guess, I would say there are some trees down along the trails. I will ask around when guests arrive and keep you updated.
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. " - John Muir