Morning Allyson,great picture and beautiful colors.Any predictions on the time of the peek fall colors this year?
Allyson, where was this picture taken? It is beautiful.
Beautful picture. Is that a boiler out front under a shed? Hiked up there 7-23-11. Bought shirts from pretty Meredith.
Allyson, great pic! Blue skies and yellow flowers atop Leconte. What more can a person want! One month from today I'll be headed up your way with my Rocky Mountain brother. Can hardly wait to take that first step toward enjoying an over nighter in one of your wonderful cabins and taste that good food and services you and the entire crew provide and secure my proof of passage with one of your shirts. So excited I might just start packing by backpack today!!
WOW...One of thr prettiest shots you have taken all yr ! Those Smokies sure offer a lot of beauty in both flora and fauna :) My wife and I seen our first (bull) elk last month in Cherokee..awesome !!!
I must agree that this is one of the prettiest photos to date; very nice indeed; it's especially satisfying as I've made it my background for the night here where I work at the jail with work release inmates; first time I've worked third shift in a very long time and your photo fills the screen on one of three computer screens I constanly monitor, so, it will get me through the night; There are quite a few elk in eastern KY now, a lot of them roaming abandoned and reclaimed strip mine benches; magnificent creatures, stately, large; Funny that I never really think of them being in the Smokies; I wonder where they're concentrated;
Most elk in the Smokies are concentrated in the Cataloochee and Oconaluftee areas of the park...the southeastern sections of the park. By the way Doug I feel your pain with the midnight shift....ughhh..been doing it for the past 25 yrs.
You're a better man than I am, Donnie R. if you've been doing that for that long ! It's 2:30am and I have just enough coffee to sustain me ! Now I recall hearing about the elk in those areas; wouldn't it be a sight to spot one up at the lodge, however unlikely that might be !? On my first stay there some years ago I was sitting on the steps to my cabin, No. 9 (my favorite) when a deer peeked around to stare at me before wandering off, not in too big a hurry I might add; sure was a pleasure and a treat to be that close to one;
I have never stayed at the Lodge Doug, but I have made the hike the last 5 yrs. It is my favorite hike in the park, however I have only treked it via Alum Cave Bluff. In Oct. I would like to try one of the other trail heads...any suggestions ?? The experience of spending the night on Leconte has to be awesome ! I will have to do it soon.
Donnie: Alum Cave is for me the most beautiful hike in Park, and staying at the lodge is something you must do; I fell in absolute love with the lodge the very first time I stayed; it's simply a place that became a part of me, and I had hiked in the Park for many, many years prior to that, passing the lodge dozens of times before ever staying; You must do so; I would love to work there as a crew member for a season, at least; would do well at it; Trillium is a good trail; In fact, for me, any trail to the lodge is a good one; Bullhead is the only one I haven't used to get to the lodge, although I've hiked it several times.
Thanks for the info Doug and thanks for helping me get thru another graveyard shift ! See ya on the trail ;)
Now that is a view definitely worth viewing. Gorgeous shot Allyson. You are truly in God's Country up there.
Wow, gorgeous picture, how I would love to be there...I had to post this as my background wallpaper on the laptop, it truly is amazing!
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