The clouds are getting real friendly up here today, keeping things cool and grey. Showers finally rolled through last night and left us with 0.42" of liquid precipitation. It's been calm on that front this morning, but the radar shows some more rain and possible thunderstorms heading the Smokies' direction. Yesterday's high temperature was 60 degrees, and our low was a mild 50. These clouds are keeping us in the 50's currently.
Tomorrow is calling for more rain chances, but the winds are expected to play an increased role. Use caution on the trails if you intend to summit during these conditions. Things should clear up in time for the holiday.
I'd like to thank long time lodge friend, Mr. Buzz Tatham, for sharing the photograph seen below. It's always a treat to come across scenes and depictions of this mountain and famous backcountry experience way back when. Below is a view of the Dining Hall and Kitchen from circa 1966, back when our on-site office was located in the same building. There have been several modifications since that time, most notably to the windows, stair case, and turnover in area vegetation. There is more growing up around this particular building now, but it's staggering to look at such tall Frasier Firs towering in the background before succumbing to the Balsam Woolly Adelgid. Enjoy this blast from the past! Maybe this will inspire some of you who have been coming for decades to look back at your own photographs and reminisce.
Take care and have a great day.
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