Another month in the books as the season presses on. We’ll be kicking off August with cloudy skies and wet conditions as storms are expected to roll in and out all day. Temps are in the mid 50s at the moment and we should rise into the lower 60s later on. Winds will be present today with gusts up to 25mph possible. Whether the clouds currently smothering the high peaks of the park decide to let go is anyone’s guess, but any glimpses of sunshine today will be a rare treat. The code orange Air Quality Alert remains in effect through this afternoon. Monday should be less chaotic in terms of weather, but there is still a slight chance for rain showers tomorrow.
The beautiful landscape around the lodge is finally coming into form. The coneflower are opening up making everything bright and cheerful despite what the skies nice are doing. There are only a handful of Purple Monkshood this year as the numerous deer decided to make a buffet of them back in the spring. Same can be said for the Turk’s Cap Lilies of which there will be none to enjoy in camp this summer. There are several that have opened up with vibrant orange blooms on the various approach trails though.