It turned out to be a beautiful night for a fireworks show. The crew sat down and had dinner together after the guests ate. We then anxiously awaited the big show. Some of the crew went up to Cliff Tops to watch the Gatlinburg show and the rest of us waited for Pigeon Forge to start its display. Once again, there were quit a few "ooo's" and "aahhh's" to be heard around camp. The guests were crammed on every porch so they could see the "landing strip" as I like to call Pigeon Forge. Once again, July 4th did not disappoint.
7/5/2012 01:09:47 am
Nice show glad you all could see it.
7/5/2012 02:49:56 am
Tomorrow, 7/6/12, it will be the third anniversary on my citizenship. There is no place on earth like the USA. Also there is no place like the LeConte Lodge.....
Carol in TN
7/5/2012 06:10:43 am
Guy, congratulations on your citizenship. What country are you from?
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7/5/2012 03:19:09 am
Thanks for all the pics...my wife and I always enjoy them. They remind us of three great trips!
7/5/2012 09:43:06 am
I was just thinking last year on the 4th we were watching the parade. Soon enough!
7/5/2012 03:36:13 pm
We have hiked Alum only for 3 trips. We are coming up Trillium this August and down Alum. The Leconte bloggers suggested "A Walk in the Woods" in Gatlinburg and we have signed on with them to leave us off and pick us up. Google them, they have a good rep. We understand that there are many hikers on all trails up to the Lodge.
7/5/2012 11:42:12 pm
I'd suggest Rainbow UP and Alum DOWN. You could do the reverse, but a snack at Rainbow Falls on the way UP is perfect. We always stop on the way UP, but rarely on the way DOWN. Lots of traffic on both trails, so you are not alone. Be sure to take the hard left to Rocky Spur about an hour above Rainbow Falls. If you keep going on the Spur, it will put you rignt back on the RF trail in less than 5 minutes. The views from RS are exceptional. On Alum, take a break either way at Inspiration Point just below Alum Cave. Have a great hike!
7/6/2012 01:56:35 am
I agree. I parked at Grotto Falls trailhead, (wow, just realized, it's been exactly a year since I've been there) and hiked up Trillium Gap. After spending three wonderful nights at the lodge, and lots of day hiking on other trails, I finally returned down Rainbow Falls, which runs back into Trillium Gap, and back to my car. Great loop. You could also use Bullhead, as it begins and ends pretty much in the same place as Rainbow Falls. It's really nice to take a different trail than the one you previously used, as every step is a new experience.
7/6/2012 02:31:37 am
Thanks guys! Being two girls, it makes me alittle anxious hiking and i like to make sure we are on trails that have other hikers as well.
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