July 5, 2020
We hope you had as pleasant a 4th of July as we did. The mountain wasn’t nearly as busy as it was Friday, but still a great deal of friendly folks excited about spending time outdoors and visiting the lodge. The holiday was a beautiful one for playing in the woods, and it never got too hot, barely reaching the mid 60s. A pop-up shower did manage to roll through and grace us with a half inch of rainfall. For a mountain that typically averages 85” of liquid precip per year, we’ve already surpassed 70”...halfway through the calendar year. Yeah.
We’re in the lower 60s currently experiencing sporadic light showers. The greatest chance was for this afternoon, and then things should calm down by tonight. Tomorrow looks like it’ll be a hot one again, but rather nice up top.
The crew made good on their annual Independemce
Day tradition of eating a grand feast done on the charcoal grill after serving our guests. The evening skies cooperated so that all the firework displays dotting the East Tennessee Valley below could be seen, albeit very small and the sound arriving nearly 30 seconds later. All in all a great day to be on the mountain.
7/5/2020 09:33:38 pm
We have hiked many of the trails and many miles in the Great Smoky Mountains over the last 20 years. One of our most memorable was the hike to Mt. Leconte this time staying in one of the cabins. We were already in the Smokies so called to check on reservations and someone had just cancelled, could believe it what luck?? Was not really prepared for this hike but what a chance had to grab it.
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