Many Great Smokies visitors think of these mountains mainly in connection with the flowering shrubs and the gay autumn colors. But the fairyland touches added by hoar-frost often excel any special summertime beauty. Flowering shrubs - rhododendron, mountain laurel, and flame azalea - are special attractions, as are the riotous colors of autumn and the dazzling hoar-frosts of winter. But these added attractions have the same relation to the mountains that carefully selected jewels have to a beautiful girl. The jewels serve only to accentuate the greater beauty of the girl. Likewise, the special attractions of the Great Smokies merely emphasize the deeper beauty of the mountains themselves. The real beauty is in the girl and in the mountains - not in the ornaments they wear. Horace M. Albright
It's another cold, grey day up top. The high yesterday reached 27 degrees. The overnight low was 14 degrees. It was 23 degrees and clear at 7am observation. There was no new precipitation recorded yesterday and there is no snow on the ground. There is plenty of black ice on the trails, so be sure to take caution as you reach the higher elevations. The forecast is grey and chilly today, with the potential for (trying not to get too excited) significant snowfall tomorrow. Get out and enjoy this wintry day!
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