Good day to all of you. And the winner from yesterday's guess the photo location is ... well, it's a little complicated. The top photo was taken on the upper end looking back at Alum Cave Bluff overhang. The bottom photo was taken on the Alum Cave Bluff Trail not too far away from Mossy Spring, roughly one mile below the lodge.
Technically, Brian N Bama's answer was correct, though his location of the rootball photograph gave a lot of room to roam. Vicki got closer, though she overshot her location by a little bit. Woody's answer was closest. Thanks to all of you for taking part and being good sports.
We've enjoyed a beautiful day on top of LeConte--if you happen to be a frog. It's rained most of the morning and afternoon. Yesterday proved quite similar, though we did get some intermittent sun late in the afternoon. On Monday, we topped out at 64 degrees with a low of 52 and tallied 0.81 inches of rain.
We've volunteered to accept all of Max Patch's share of rain today in hopes that my fellow LeConte Lodge crew members Beau and Courtney will have a lovely afternoon for their wedding at that location. Forecast didn't sound too promising, but everyone up here on LeConte is hoping for the best for them. If we can soak up some rain for them, we'll do it with a smile on our face and water dripping down our chin.
It seems we've had lots of bear news lately. We saw a young bear around the lodge three times Monday. I spoke with some folks who spent last night in the LeConte backcountry shelter, and they saw it, too. It didn't cause any issues, but please be extra careful with your backpacks, food and drink if you're coming up to see us. We'll be happy to share the mountain with our four-legged neighbors, but sharing food is a loser's game on both counts.
In other bear news, llama wrangler Chrissy reported she saw two bears on the Trillium Gap Trail Monday. One bear was near the parking lot (all too often an easy place to snag food left by people). The other bear was further up the trail.
Keeping the bears safe also keeps people safe. Happy trails.
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