We could not have asked for a more opposite morning than yesterday's. It was one of the most gorgeous sunrises I've seen up here. I was hoping last night the skies would stay clear for a chance at an award-winning sunrise. We've been living in the clouds for seemingly weeks and could really use the light! The best surprise I got today was finding a doe and her petite fawn strolling through camp. Some guests said they saw two fawns, but I was only able to capture a photo of the one.
After the morning storms yesterday, the skies cleared and offered a nice view of the valley. There were moments of sunshine mixed in later in the day with the clouds. It was a warm day, reaching 72, but not nearly as hot as the valley. There have been heat advisories throughout the state. Please make sure to drink plenty of water if you are going to be outside!
Sorry, no photos today. Allyson can't log in from the Lodge due to weather. She will be heading down the mountain today for a few days off and Meredith will begin posting later today or tomorrow. She said it was very wet and cool on the mountain this morning as thunderstorms were passing through. Hopefully the rain will pass and the sun will come out soon.
Another morning of fog and mist. We have been in the clouds for a while now. Our weather gauge is not working correctly at the moment. We are estimating temperatures to be in the mid 60's and our nights have been in the mid 50's.
The forecast is calling for sunshine for the day. So far, they have been wrong. We awoke to morning showers. Hopefully this will move on out and the sun will grace us with its presence later today. It is a busy day on the mountain. Most of camp is staying for a second night. People always ask me how long most people stay. Two nights gives you a chance to check out the mountain and do some shorter day hikes on your free day. I highly recommend taking an extra day up top and enjoying what Mt. LeConte has to offer.
The weekend is coming to an end. We have had some crew members from the crew of 99' on the mountain. They brought their baby girl, Jane, to see the mountain. We have been consumed with passing the baby around. They enjoyed their stay and got to see the beautiful flowers that are popping up around camp. The monks hood is coming into full swing.
After a chilly 50 degrees last night, we awoke to fog and rain. It is a cold morning on the top. I am officially giving mother nature permission to take our rain and give it to the areas in the country that are suffering from a drought.
We are one day away from our half way point. Mid season is tomorrow. Chris starts his countdown and the season will come to an end before we know it. That also means that the warm temps move out and the snow moves in. Time flies on the mountain.
I love taking closeup shots of the flowers. It is amazing at the detail in each one. Yesterday was a difficult day to be outside. The storms came in around 1:30 and lasted all afternoon. They finally stopped around 5 pm. That was the most lighting and thunder I think I have witnessed in a long time. Chris said we have had rain for the last 12 days straight. It is hard to believe we are supposedly in a drought. Just make sure if you decide to hike up for the day to bring a poncho or your rain gear.
The humming birds are going crazy. The bee balm in in full swing. The cone flowers are on the verge of opening and the monks hood are about to burst. Won't be long now. The blackberries are starting to fruit and they should be big and ripe for the picking within a few weeks. I am sure the bears will be fighting us for that feast.
The clouds moved out and the sun came out. We hit a nice 75 degrees yesterday. Chris decided to do a little birding. The Cedar Waxwings are all over camp. We have some Crossbill Finches around camp as well. Chris took this picture of the Waxwing.
I awoke in the middle of the night and thought I was missing a firework display. The lightening was flashing about 100 times a minute. Then the rain came in. Chris said it felt like he was baking biscuits in a disco. The rain has stopped for the moment. We might be lucky and have it move on out. Yesterday was a beautiful 74 degrees and sunny skies. I could take some more days like that. My "Happy Light" has been working double time. For those of you that don't know what a "Happy Light" is, it is a light that emits light similar to natural sunlight. It helps me when we have days and days of rain. So far, I have been very pleased with it. I think the crew likes it as well.
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