It's a blustery, rainy morning up top. The high yesterday reached 51 degrees. The overnight low was 46 degrees. It was 49 degrees and raining lightly at 7am observation. The mountain received .11 inches of rain yesterday. It is sure to be another wet day up top... Get out and enjoy it!
I had something unusual happen to me on my hike up to the lodge on Saturday. I was hiking up with my college friends when I noticed a few familiar faces coming down the trail. I've always known of the folks associated with the GSMNP Off Trail Society, but I rarely get a chance to see them in person. I typically stick to the trails (I'm a bit scared to venture off trail solo) and they're always exploring the nooks and crannies of the mountain's drainages. I had heard rumours of them finding a couple of boxes of old lodge t-shirts in some far off place. I happened to notice that everyone hiking down with their party had a rather tattered lodge t-shirt on. I got to talking with Tommy and Ronnie and before you know it, Tommy was giving me the shirt off his back! There are still a few roots growing out of it, but it is supremely comfortable. Thanks so much guys! I hope to return the favor somehow soon!