Chris and Allyson are on days off. The are scheduled back on Monday. The Lodge reported lows in the 40's and highs in the 60's yesterday. It was forecast to rain all day today. The Lodge reported some early morning rain, but it cleared off and now they are reporting a fairly nice day with high level clouds and views of the valley. Hopefully it will be a pretty weekend.
Yesterday was a day for proposals. Two young men brought their girlfriends to the top of LeConte to ask them to marry them. Congratulations to both couples. Thanks for letting us be apart of it.
" I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth." - Steve McQueen
I say this every morning when I wake up on Mt. LeConte. I realize how lucky I am to live in such an amazing location. It is easy to get into a routine and not pay attention to your surroundings, but living this close to nature always gives us a wake up call. Wether it is a great thunderstorm over head, a bear coming into camp, a doe leading her fawn into camp, new blooms on flowers, or the amazing sunrises and sunsets, we are constantly in awe.
The weather is still hanging over head, literally. We are currently socked in and expecting rain. I am sure it will rain all day since I am scheduled to hike down to today. Chris and I are heading down for our days off and will return on Monday.
The guests were rained on hiking up yesterday. It started out as a cloudy day and the rain settled in in the afternoon. It is looking like rain for today as well. I love when the clouds are moving around below us and we get a peek of sunlight. It makes for a great show. We had an interesting sunrise this morning.
Not much change in the weather. We received .34" of rain up top. The high was 64 degrees with the low of 50. I can not really tell what the weather is going to do today. I can see blue sky but there are a lot of clouds hanging around. We have had a few more sightings of the bear. He has been brave enough to come into camp during dinner. That is a habit we need to break. Remember folks, a fed bear is a dead bear. The object is to keep them wild. We will do our part, but you need to do yours as well.
The Trillium are blooming up top. It is always exciting to see the flowers come out. That usually means we have made thru winter. The high yesterday was 64 with a low last night of 51. We had a cloudy day yesterday, but the rain held off until last night. We received .38" of rain last night. We are covered in clouds at the moment but you never what the weather is going to do on Mt. LeConte.
Cookie Bowling, Jack Huff's daughter, brings her family and her brother Phillip's family every year. Her father started LeConte Lodge in 1926 and had a large part in making LeConte Lodge what it is today. Cookie had the honor of growing up on Mt. LeConte. It is always fun to hear stories of her youth when she visits.
The clouds moved out and we had a descent sunset. The temperatures are definitely warming up. The low last night was 46 degrees. The girls on the crew were able to get out and hoop yesterday. Yes, I said hoop, as in hula hoop. The girls on the crew have taken up hoop dancing. It is great exercise and give us a break from hiking every single day. So, if you hike up and see a several girls outside with their hula hoops, now you know what is going on. Looks like today is going to be a good day for hiking.
We are still in the clouds this morning. It is getting warmer. It is currently 52 degrees which is 10 degrees higher then yesterday. The low last night was 40. There is a slight chance of rain for today. Who knows? We could see the clouds move out and have another sunny day.
I know, I am starting to get spoiled with the amazing weather we have had up top. Today is not going to fall into that category. There are high winds and rain on the mountain this morning. The low last night was 34 and high yesterday never got above 42. Just when I thought spring was here, mother nature decided to play a trick on me. It is a good thing I just started a really good book, there will be know hiking in my plans for the day.
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