February 17th, 2013
The mountain is COLD at the moment. The high yesterday reached 12 degrees. The overnight low was 0 degrees. It was 1 degree and overcast at 7am observation. The mountain received 10 inches of new snow. It's insanely fluffy. The total up top is around a foot. It sounds like 441 will be closed for a little while longer. Be safe out there! All blog and no play makes JP a dull boy! At long last, SnowSNOWsnoW!!!!
2/17/2013 01:42:46 am
Glad you got that snow you have been wanting.
2/17/2013 01:45:17 am
Glad you finally got the snow, JP. Ronnie and I walked up to Rocky Spur yesterday and yep - it wuz cold! We thought about heading on up to the Lodge to say "Howdy!" but a screaming wind, frigid temps and a hankering for burgers and dawgs at Cobbly Knob pushed us back down the hill. It was the perfect snow - fluffy and squeaky, coming down heavily at times, with short-lived bursts of sunlight sneaking in from time to time. Top view of the day - either the snow-covered heath on Rocky Spur or the sun spot-lit knobs on Klabunde Ridge as we dropped back down the trail late in the day. If we happen to get a good weekend and 441 is also open, we'll be climbing Anakeesta again - I'll keep you posted in case you want to go along.
2/17/2013 01:45:52 am
2/17/2013 02:00:00 am
Enjoy the free heel skiing!!
2/17/2013 02:08:10 am
Good morning JP! I'm so happy to hear that you FINALLY got a lot of snow!! I wish I was there to play in the snow with you :) Enjoy your day!
2/17/2013 02:34:59 am
2/17/2013 02:52:33 am
Your picture is beautiful. I can not wait until spring so I can head back up the mountain. I want to come when flowers are blooming. I hiked up 3 times last year .
2/17/2013 04:46:19 am
2/17/2013 05:17:37 am
Happy for 'your' snow!
2/17/2013 06:18:10 am
JEALOUS!!! And absolutely b.e.a.utiful!!
2/17/2013 09:43:47 am
Jennea, sorry but the only way to see the lodge is hike up there. The trail from NFG is 8 miles but there are shorter ones, the shortest being Alum Cave Trail which is 5 miles.
2/17/2013 06:18:58 am
What fun to have a mountain top all to yourself covered with fluffy new snow! Sounds like a great day to let your inner child take over!
norman acworth, ga ( AIRBORNE)
2/17/2013 07:41:29 am
looks real good JP ; go find your BOB KITTIE.
2/17/2013 07:54:11 am
So glad for you JP, you deserve to have your wishes come tries. Thanks for making all as blog followers happy also!! Enjoy!!
2/17/2013 07:55:13 am
Wishes come true, should have said, sorry!! Dang old fingers,lol.
2/17/2013 07:58:14 am
Its amazing how close the weather is in Michigan vs. Leconte. We ended up with 14 inches of snow in Ludington. But you beat is in coldness. I was only at 3 degrees at 6:20 am this morn. I'll let ya have that one. But tons of fluffy stuff. Had to plow the driveway twice. Enjoy it while you can.
2/17/2013 08:28:55 am
I'm so excited for you,JP! Your finally getting the snow you've been dreaming of for so long! I love reading your blog and look forward to seeing what's up on the mountain every morning.Your perspective on life is so refreshing and I love your funky sense of humor.Keep up the good work and enjoy that snow!
2/17/2013 10:11:28 am
You can see the lodge from the main highway through Pigeon Forge, correct. We saw it with binoculars a few years back
2/17/2013 02:56:09 pm
I have seen it from Pitman Center
2/17/2013 11:46:43 pm
Kent where in PF?? I would love to try to see the Lodge from below, have seen PF from the Lodge many times. Is there one place better than another to try to see it??
tomk in SC
2/18/2013 12:19:40 am
Great question! The main drag in PF has been identified because it is SO identifiable FROM the lodge. As I recall, the "runway" in PF is generally visible looking left, almost out of frame. That suggests to me that someplace to the east of that point would yield a square on view of the Dining Hall and the cabins in the background.
2/17/2013 02:54:52 pm
Glad you got the snow we have so been hoping for. Gorgeous picture. I live about 50 miles from the Park at 4200 ft. and this global warming has been playing with our past two winters. Hopefully I'll get my turn to play in the snow. Enjoy!
2/17/2013 03:14:27 pm
Your blog makes me realize that life is short and I must see Leconte one more time because it is truly a "thin place".
2/18/2013 11:32:37 am
As I recall, it was about 1/2 mile from the end of the strip in Pigeon Forge as we were headed towards Gatlinburg and Mt LeConte,
Kent in SC
2/18/2013 11:34:53 am
As an addition to previous post, it was in winter, so that probably makes a big difference
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