Getting ready for the llamas
For those of you who said the sun was heading our way, you were correct. The rain stopped and the sun peaked through the clouds. It made for a pleasant day around the lodge. I am sure all of the spring breakers appreciated the reprieve from the rain. The Smokies seems to be a popular destination for college kids on spring break. I am happy to see the kids enjoy the beauty this park has to offer.
The high yesterday was 45. The warm sun gave Chris a chance to do some maintenance on the llama troughs. We have to get them ready for the first trip of the season. If all goes according to plan, the llamas will make their first accent of 2012 on the 19th. Today is looking like a great day to take a break from chores and enjoy a hike.
3/14/2012 01:24:04 am
Hiked Mt. LeConte yesterday. The day started with buckets of rain. I didn't know if I was a hiker or a salmon swimming up-stream. But, alas, the clouds parted, the breeze blew, the sky turned Tarheel blue and it became a Grade-A, Blue Ribbon Award winning day! The sky was so crystal clear. The air warmed and filled the lungs as I breathed in the smells. It made me want to shout "Rrrrriiiiiiccccoooolllllaaaaa!" at Inspiration Point on the way down like the Ricola cough drops commercial. A big, "Thank you!" to Chris for stopping his chores to sell me a t-shirt. You are Boss, Pard. To many of us, obtaining that prized yearly shirt is akin to a Scout being awarded that merit badge after the work is done. What a wonderful World we live in.
3/14/2012 02:21:08 am
I think you went above the mountain and landed on a cloud that you are still riding on. Loved your post....I could feel the excitement from your trip....isn't it great?!!
Like my dog taking 6 miles walks every day. I didn't do too many this winter and she is tired when we get home. Are the llama's tuned in so there ready to go, or will they be extremely whipped when they get back to their stall?
High On LeConte
3/14/2012 07:12:45 am
3/14/2012 04:31:51 am
This time last year we were hiking up LeConte (and hobbling back down). My knee had been giving me problems that month but I was insistant on getting to hike up again. It made for a slower and slightly more painful hike down, but what I would give to be hiking right now instead of sitting in this office... enjoy today!
3/14/2012 04:38:12 am
Is Alan still the llama wrangler? I heard he was retiring due to bad knees
High On LeConte
3/14/2012 07:13:30 am
Alan is not the llama wrangler this season. He has joined us on the mountain as part of the lodge crew.
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