Starting off the morning with a biscuit topped with heirloom strawberry preserves and honeysuckle jelly will put a smile on anyone's face. Thank you to the family, from Mississippi, who packed us up some yummy home made treats. The crew has been gorging themselves on biscuits topped with this fabulousnes. This is my first time trying honeysuckle jelly, and I must say, I am a huge fan. The crew wondered how many hours it took to pull enough stems out of the honeysuckle to get enough nectar to make a batch. Just kidding. That would take days. Thanks to the internet we figured out the process.
The morning is starting off cloudy with a hint of sunshine peeking through. Just another reminder that you never know what you are going to get on the mountain. The high yesterday was 64º with a low of 49º. We experienced scattered showers yesterday. They are predicting the same for today. Summer has hit the mountain. We have seen an influx in kids. I know summer is here when the tree in front of the bathrooms is adorned with kid limbs as well as tree limbs.
5/28/2014 02:05:10 am
i though i was from the country growing up, but i never heard of honeysuckle jelly. loved to get the nectra from the flowers as a kid. got to get some jelly from the 'Old Mill' in Pegon Forge by mail!!
5/28/2014 02:08:01 am
wish i could get it in person and make it up to the Lodge!!
5/28/2014 02:11:47 am
I am glad yall enjoyed them. After the blueberries come in this year maybe we can make a trip up later in the season with more goodies. Thanks for the great experience for my family. We look forward to our LeConte trip each year.
It's been a very long time since I last enjoyed honeysuckle jelly and reading about it makes me hungry. As I sit here on my back porch a gentle breeze is carrying the sweet aroma of a honeysuckle vine across and it's truly a most refreshing smell !
5/28/2014 02:44:55 am
Doug Y .......... you know they will take the best care of them!!!
5/28/2014 03:00:55 am
doug... please up date your web site!!
Hey Norman ! Yes, I know that the lodge crew will take care of my friend and grandsons because that's what they are very good at. It's a pleasure to read the very favorable comments from guests who praise the effectiveness of the crew and the good care they provide for their guests.
5/28/2014 02:51:49 pm
Doug, I new you did! Enjoyed your update , and sorry to hear about all the "red tape" with the gov"m.
5/28/2014 03:13:37 am
Are they calling for thunderstorms tomorrow, I was planning on hiking up in the morning. I can handle the rain, just prefer not to mess with lightening. : )
5/28/2014 07:43:22 am
I had to laugh when it you noted kids limbs as well as tree limbs. I few years back we hiked up and my girls were climbing that tree. Well - i looked up at the top of that tree and there was a 65 year old man sitting there reading his book. I'm not kidding!! The mom in me calculated how far it was to the nearest hospital. I asked him to please come out of the tree and it told me he was enjoying the book. Someone heard me and reminded me the stretcher was in the office. Thanks for that thought. I just had to walk away and pray.
5/28/2014 08:23:53 am
That gives me a great idea for a children's book: "The 65-Year-Old Man Who Loved to Climb Trees."
5/28/2014 11:04:35 am
speaking of jams and jellies, we were fortunate to experience bear jam over the memorial weekend. It was great.
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