Chris and I are back from our days off. Sorry we were gone for so long. Chris planned an Alaska adventure for me to celebrate my 40th birthday. We took our August and September days off together so we would have more time to enjoy the state and do some hiking. We visited some LeConte friends who now live in the giant state of Alaska. The mountain is still here and the Smoky Mountains trail crew has been hard at work. Alum Cave trail was in great shape. We suggest if you hike up Alum and agree with us that you drop a line to the crew that did such an amazing job at fixing the trail. The weather has been fantastic. The crew says the fall air is settling in. The nights have been cold. The weather log has a few nights in the 30's. It feels great to be back and I will be with you for a while. I believe we have 35 day stretch until our next days off. I thought I would leave you with a peak of what we did while in Alaska.