Wednesday was another great day to spend on the mountain. Mild temps and the occasional cool breeze made for a pleasant time outdoors. As predicted, around lunchtime an isolated thunderstorm found the summit and dumped some rain on us for no more than 30 minutes. It was a nice break before the sun returned and made for a beautiful evening. Temps once again are hanging around in the 60s. There are clouds all around and the chances for precip are much stronger today, so have the rain jackets in tow. In a surprising but welcome turn, the extended forecast shows temps in the valley as less oppressive. As in the 80s variety. Folks down below, hikers, and llamas will surely appreciate that slight change.
The colors are starting to show all around the lodge. The first of the Purple Monks Hood and Yellow Coneflower are unfurling their petals. Soon there’ll be a subtle but ever present buzz as friendly bees get busy pollinating. Other beautiful summer time plants are out in force along several of the mountain’s trails. Some patches of St. John’s Wort on Alum Cave and Long rows of American Turk’s Cap Lilies atop Bull Head greet passers by. Get out there and enjoy it if you can!