It's a mishmash kind of day in terms of the weather. We've been in and out of the clouds since daybreak, with on and off winds, and it sounds like rain is moving in late this evening. Some liquid precipitation would be appreciated as we've gone the last several days without recording anything. Temperatures should also remain mild through the weekend. Hard to believe that this date 5 years ago we tapped 80+ degrees for the first time on the mountain in recorded history. Here we are getting into the 30's at night the last few days. Knowing how muggy and buggy it can be in the valley during the summer, I think I'll gladly take the latter.
We're happy to share with you that the backcountry shelter up the hill from the lodge is once again open to use! It remains under a Bear Warning for the time being, so continue to use caution if you entertain staying there in the near future. All reservations, permits, and questions pertaining to the shelter can of course be taken by the NPS backcountry office or smokiespermits.nps.gov - their reservation website. It's been a few weeks since we last saw a bear in camp, but please continue to be responsible with your belongings during your time in the woods. Also, the squirrels. Please don't feed them. They seem to be multiplying in numbers every day, and feeding them only increases their desire for mischief. Thanks!
Have a great day.
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