Chris and Allyson are enjoying their days off; going to the Farmers Market, shopping and eating out. They should be back on the mountain on Wednesday. The high yesterday was 70, low 56. Henry said they were in the clouds this morning with rain. Sorry, no pictures until Allyson gets back.
I awoke this morning to an amazing sky. It is beginning to look like it is going to be a great day for a hike down the mountain. The high yesterday was 69. I am sure I will miss those temperatures for the next few days. Chris and I are headed to Gatlinburg to attend the grand opening for the Gatlinburg Farmers Market. It should be a great weekend. We will be returning to the mountain on Wednesday. If you are in the Smokies, hike on up and have lunch at the lodge. Enjoy the beautiful weekend.
It always provides the crew entertainment to watch as the clouds move from the valley up the mountain. The lighting is usually spectacular and it is fun to be engulfed in the cloud. It is great how life on the mountain helps you slow down and enjoy the simple things.
The dwarf rhododendron is in full bloom on the top of Mt. LeConte. You always know summer has reached the mountain when Cliff Tops is painted pink.It was a beautiful 71 degree day yesterday. Today is starting to look like a repeat performance.
I have had some questions about the bear we have in camp. He is still around. He is not causing any trouble, just paying us a visit every now and again. The Park Service will try and catch him again, at the moment there are other "problem" bears that need to be caught. We are just doing our job and trying to keep him out of camp. I will keep you posted when anything changes.
Katie getting a haircut.
When the weather turns warm, you think about ways to cool off. Katie decided she was ready for a haircut. With the closest salon being 7 miles away, Chris decided he was up for the job. Just another day on LeConte.
It reached 73 degrees yesterday. It was a beautiful day up top. We have seem to have a few days of sunshine to look forward to. The dwarf rhododendron are blooming and Cliff Tops is painted bright pink. It is a beautiful time to be on the mountain.
If you have ever experienced a bird flying out of the side of the trail as you hike by, you may have passed a Junco nest. They lay their eggs in little nests that are buried in the side of a hill. Unfortunately, the egg survival rate is about 25%. Predators find these nests and use them as a food source. We love watching the nests and hoping one day we will pass by and there will be baby Juncos in it.
The bright side to having so much rain is that it seems to clear off in time for sunset. We have had a week full of amazing sunsets. I was trying to find different ways to photograph them and make them interesting. The reflections in the windows gave a different perspective.
The rhododendron is blooming up top.
The month of June has brought a lot of rain to the mountain. We have seen rain 16 out 19 days in the month of June. It is summer on the mountain. That usually brings afternoon showers with warmer weather.
Here is another sunset picture. The rhododendron is blooming on the mountain. I hope to get some good pictures if the weather cooperates. The high yesterday was 63. We currently have blue skies. I hope this continues thru the weekend.
It rained all day yesterday. It was rainy up until time for sunset. These pictures so go to prove that you never know what you are going to get on top of Mt. LeConte. The sun came out just in time to put on a magnificent show.
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