It is a rainy Sunday morning on the mountain. It is nice to have a window full of flowers when all of the other views are socked in. Our guests had a great day for a hike up yesterday. The high was 67º. It did get cool last night. The low was 48º. The rain held off until this morning. Someone asked about the oldest and youngest person to stay on the mountain, I know that our manager, Tim Line, brought his two week old son up the mountain. I would guess that is the youngest? I know there are a couple of you folks out there that will know the oldest. If I am remembering correctly, I am going to say 91? If any of you know differently, feel free to chime in.
If you are hiking up today, take it slow and remember to bring extra, dry clothing with you. It is chilly up here and you will cold quickly. Happy Hiking
8/4/2013 01:44:55 am
Great picture, see you tomorrow.
8/4/2013 01:49:31 am
Good Morning! Love the picture! Have a nice day !
8/4/2013 01:56:43 am
Love the photo
8/4/2013 02:30:41 am
Another beautiful screen saver. Thanks Allyson!
8/4/2013 03:02:21 am
Better watch out. Somebody's competitive nature might be awakened and she'll contrive to give birth up there. Best wishes to all of you up top!
8/4/2013 03:06:50 am
I have in my mind that the oldest person to stay up at the lodge was 94, but I'm very unsure of that - - I'd like to know the correct age but it'll have to be someone else that knows it. Yes, it's quite the possibilitiy that a child could be born at the lodge some day; I would think that perhaps the hike up would induce labor ! I can think of some very interesting names for such a child ! Hope everyone up there right now is having a great experience ! G'day.
8/4/2013 04:17:02 am
GREAT picture ! :-)
8/4/2013 05:11:30 am
I know the people who were before Allyson and Chris had a child born and they named him John LeConte...not sure if he was born while they were working there or after they left..was thinking she went down off the mountain to give birth. Maybe someone else remembers. Their names were John and Donna..can't remember the last name.
8/4/2013 08:31:35 am
8/4/2013 09:14:57 am
Very peaceful picture.
tomk in SC
8/4/2013 10:27:22 am
Where to expect to pick up The Boulevard on this hike? The right fork seems to put you up some very steep slopes around Anakeesta Knob. So you whack your way up there THEN hike the Boulevard.
Yes, should've mentioned there's a group of us. Very familiar with the scope of the hike. I've done the other three Greenbrier streams to LeConte. It is an extremely challenging hike, about 15 miles of trails on top of 2.5 miles of difficult off-trail. We come down Trillium/Brushy. A very long day. We scouted the approach routes from the Boulevard trail last week.Found a good one.
8/4/2013 12:02:35 pm
I'm not sure but I think the oldest was Gracie McNicol's! She moved her from Alaska at the age of 62 got a job as a nurse at Blount Memorial and began hiking the mountain taking a bus from Maryville to Alum Cave Bluff. in 37 years she made the trip up 244 times 155 hikes and 89 by horseback. Tim Line's daughter was named after her. Gracie signed in at the lodge on her 244th trip on September 30, 1983. She was 92 she reach her goal of matching Father Morgan's feat of climbing the mountain at the age of 92. You can read about her in the book Gracie and the Mountain by Emilie Ervin Powell.I bought my copy at the visitors centers in the GSMNP.Reading it will really inspire you!
8/4/2013 12:34:48 pm
I still have a picture of Jacob fast asleep on his first trip to the lodge, I worked on crew there that season.
8/4/2013 03:10:10 pm
How's the calendar coming, Allyson? With your gift of photography I dont know how you'll be able to narrow it down to 12(?). Any idea when it will be available for purchase and will we be able to mail order the calendars? I've already made this year's climb, but will do it again if necessary. Cant wait to have LeConte pictures to look at each day!
8/6/2013 12:29:06 am
I just wanted to pass along our thanks for such a special stay at LeConte this weekend. 10 years ago, I brought my now husband up LeConte on what became the first steps of our journey together. He and I had been casually dating, but we realized somewhere along the trail that there was more to our story. There's something about the sleepy fog, hot chocolate, and worn path that reminds us of who we are at our truest. And in that, we found each other. Thanks to Allyson, Chris, and the crew for all of the work that goes into serving your guests and allowing these special moments to unfold.
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