Is it really summer to stay this time?
Sorry for the delay today. I was experiencing some technical difficulties; it must have been TOO sunny! Anyways, it looks like today is going to be the perfect conclusion to an amazing weekend! Yesterday was mostly sunny and at 67, much warmer than earlier in the week. With such beautiful weather, I decided to get out of camp for a little while to enjoy some hula hooping. The peace and tranquility was such a nice reprieve from the sometimes hustle and bustle of everyday life. I woke this morning to starry skies and warm tempertures. It was already 52 degrees at 5 a.m. Currently it is mostly clear and very warm but we hear rumors of thunderstorms moving our way this afternoon. Be sure to bring your raincoats if you head out today.
Our Saturday night after-work excitement: Cooking marshmallows over a propane stove for s'mores
Oh there are so many things I want to say right now, but I'll keep it to... "I really thought he'd be able to fit it!" John, our sweet tooth cake and ice cream man
Oh happy day!
What a beautiful day! Another wonderful day to wake up on top of the mountain! I think it's going to be a great day to spend in the woods. We had an amazing day yesterday. It was not as sunny as we had hoped but still much warmer at 57. Yet the overnight low was only 45. We'll take that. We are hoping to beat that high today with some more sunshine! I feel some hula hooping in store for today!
Happy Birthday to Bonnie! She celebrated her birthday atop the mountain and John decided to do something very special for her! Of his own creation came the wonderful chocolatey, peanut buttery goodness. What a sweet guy, and he churned it all by hand!
It ended up being a special treat for us all! Thanks John!
It's all worth it!
I've never considered myself to be a morning person and part of my job requires me to arise into the darkness. Beginning my day with stars and being greeted shortly after by the glorious sun, makes every minute (without sleep) worth it.
We are starting to return to much more normal temperatures. Yesterday brought us moments of sun and pleasure. The times of sun made it feel much warmer than 52. We're hoping for more sun today. We had a good start to the day with a moderate overnight temperature of 44. That's much better than a few days ago! Have a wonderful weekend!
I could not believe how pink the sky was for a short time this morning! I love the sunrise! Maybe it's because I don't get to see it that often that it makes it even more special!
This was the best start to the day! Finally, I saw something besides clouds when I left my cabin. The moon was bright and stars were shining. There was hope for us to come out of the clouds and rain. The forcast today is partly to mostly sunny later in the day, much better than yesterday. We reached 42 yesterday and the overnight low was upper 30s. Today I would like to share with you the serene beautiful the sunrise brought.
Sand between my toes. I nice tall glass of ice tea. Wearing shorts and a tank top. These are the thoughts that get me through days like yesterday. 29 degrees and snow flurries on May 16th. It just feels strange. I am hiking back down the mountain after dinner tonight. Please, mother nature, I am begging you, deliver warmer weather in the valley. The high yesterday was 39. Meredith will keep you up to date on the mountain happenings until Tuesday. In the mean time, enjoy the video.
More Cold and Rain
Cold and wet day. It was a great day for chores inside. The high yesterday was 42 with a low of 32. Just when I think I can put the down jacket away, mother nature pulls another fast one.
This morning we are sitting in between two layers of clouds. It is an interesting sunrise. Not sure what today will bring but I am sure it will be a great day no matter what.
Rainy Days and Mondays
"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. " - Dolly Parton
I will add, "If you want the sparkling spider webs, you must put up with the rain."
It has been a wet couple of days. It dropped .33" of rain on us in the last day and it is still coming down. The low last night was 35 with a high yesterday of 44. It was hard hiking back to work after a warm 89 degrees. I know I will love it this summer when it is 100 degrees down below and we are still under 80 degrees. I am willing to pay my dues. I guess I will just walk around camp and look at all of the sparkling rain drops and learn to appreciate the rain.
Yesterday was great day for a hike back to work. The high on the mountain was 54 with a chilly low of 39. I went from wearing a tank top and shorts to pants and a sweater. It is best to bring layers with you when you hike up Mt. LeConte. As you have read in the blog, temperatures can drop at the snap of a finger. It is currently raining up top and the temperature is hovering around the low 40's.
Friday the 13th
Despite the impending thunderstorms forcast for us, we had a mostly sunny day reaching 64. The rain and storms moved in just before dinner. In the middle of dinner we looked out the kitchen door to a most beautiful sight: the clouds were breaking and dappling the lower peaks. It reminds me how wonderful it is to work here!
Tim Line, our general manager (aka our Fearless Leader), came up and relieved me of my cooking duties for the morning. Once we get most of the set-up done our stove is very full with morning goodies for our guests. Tim is working on his pancakes, one of the last things for breakfast.
Wonderful start to the weekend!
Somehow we managed to miss any potential rain showers yesterday and enjoy gorgeous sunshine! It reached a whoping 69 degrees yesterday. Remember to bring sunscreeen when you're going hiking. The sun up here can make for a very painful burn. As I retreated for the evening, I could see the lights of Sevier County below us and the moon shining brightly overhead. It didn't get very cool last night, only 52 degrees. We are hoping for another beautiful day, but we hear rumors of rain moving our way. Don't forget your rain gear! And have a wonderful weekend!
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