A beautiful and busy Saturday atop the mountain. The clouds are thick enough to obscure the lodge from views, but that isn’t stopping anyone from enjoying a day in the outdoors. Only a slight chance of evening showers, but so far we’ve been able to dodge anything that pops up on the radar. Temps are mild compared to the lowlands, as we’ve been riding out the upper 60s this afternoon. Tomorrow looks to be a splendid day for outdoor exploration. Mostly sunny and no mention of precip. A rare treat for this summer. Hurricane Ida continues to increase in strength and is expected to make landfall as a major storm. Current projections show it curving near and north of the Smokies. If we experience any rain and wind from it, that will most likely take place Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s a fast moving system and seems to be changing rapidly, but we’ll keep providing updates in the coming days.