We are resupplied and good to go until the end of the season, which is only 25 days. Not that I am counting or anything. It was a cold day yesterday. The high was only 47. Last nights low was 35. The sunrise was great this morning. You could see the city lights twinkling while the sun was coming up. Sevierville had a small strip of cloud that made it a neat site.
I have been asked about winter plans. I can tell you that as different as the crew is, so are their winter plans. Some of the crew are thinking about what to do after being up here. They are considering working on a ski slope, being a horse wrangler in another national park, hiking, working, and Chris and I are planning on working on our house that we bought a year and a half ago. It takes a little while to get back in the swing of being in the "real" world. Remembering you can actually turn on a light in a room, instead of lighting lanterns. I enjoy having a bathroom inside. I also enjoy having ice cubes in my drinks. I tend to go a little crazy on that one. It is nice to be in the "land of plenty", as we refer to it on the mountain. By February, I am ready to return to my little mountain home.
Today is a resupply day for the mountain. We have been so busy this year, we are running out of supplies. Hopefully the clouds will clear and the helicopter will be able to deliver a load of goods that will get us thru until the end of the season. We are clear up top, but we have to be able to see Sevierville. As you can see from the photo, there is a sea of clouds below us. It is a cold morning this morning. The low last night was 26. The high yesterday was 54. I will keep you posted on wether or not we get our helicopter delivery.
After being in the clouds for the past few days, they cleared just in time for a great sunset. We were then treated to an amazing sunrise this morning. The high yesterday was 55 with a low of 44. We received another .65" of rain on the mountain. The weather forecast is calling for better weather for the weekend. I am ready for sunshine, even if it is accompanied by cooler weather.
It sounds like we have a huge river on top of the mountain. Two more inches of rain fell yesterday. That is on top of the 2" we received the day before. The mountain is WET!!! The high yesterday was 55 with a low of 46. We are currently socked in expecting more rain. To bad I don't have a boat up here, I would boat into town.
The winds have been howling all night long. The sky is grey and the weather man is calling for rain. The high yesterday was 52 with a low of 43. We received a total of 2" of rain within 2 hours. I was beginning to think we might end up in Gatlinburg.
The guests awoke to the sounds of thunder and an impressive lighting display. We have received over a half inch of rain. The rain is currently tapering off and the valley is coming into view. The visibility is the furthest I have seen it in a long time.
I watched the sun and moon again this morning. I decided to give you a picture of the sun this time. Ok, maybe just the beautiful colors. It has been amazing weather this past week. The views have been clear and you can see great distances. There have been a lot of day hikers up top. The high yesterday was 59 with a low of 40. The crew only has 32 days left up top.
The moon has been spectacular the past few nights. It was still glowing big when we awoke this morning. It was fun to watch the sun come up and the moon go down at the same time. The high yesterday was 53 with a low of 32.
Beautiful day for a hike to the top. We have hot chocolate and coffee waiting for you. The high yesterday was 50. I am guessing it will be around the same today. The low last night was 30.
Here is another shot from Alum Cave Bluff Trail. These are the steps leading up to the bluffs. If you guessed the last shot to have been taken right after Inspiration Point, you would be correct. The nights are getting colder up top. Our low last night was 33 with a high yesterday of 49.
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