Already shaping up to be a cloudy and rainy Friday on the mountain. July isn’t going to go out easy. We and the higher peaks are socked in going back to yesterday evening, spoiling our first sunset in a while. Showers are expected to be rolling in and out of the region all day, so jackets are a must on the trail and at the lodge. Temps will hold steady in the 50s and 60s yet again. This weekend is the Tennessee Sales Tax Free Weekend, and the lodge is participating. From July 31st through August 2nd, select apparel pieces and back-to-school related items will be sold tax free. So all students wanting to get ready for the coming academic year wanting to sport some sweet LeConte Lodge swag, what better way to take advantage? Weather conditions improve for the remainder of the weekend, but come ready for passing afternoon rain showers just in case.