June 29th, 2015
Hello, hello! I hope your Monday is going well so far. We woke up to a chilly and clear 40 degree sunrise this morning. Yesterday's high was 59 and it was so clear and the the air was so crisp it almost felt like a fall day instead of the dead of summer. Today started out with blue skies, but the clouds have rolled in and it feels like it might rain this afternoon. Happy trails!
6/29/2015 05:46:37 am
6/29/2015 05:47:33 am
Hello to you too! Was thinking, when I first saw the picture, it looked like a photo of the wrong season. Wish I was there, but the time is getting closer ever so slowly! I know ya'll don't normally (if ever) comment on a question we have, but if you can, will you give more details about where and how the young lady got in trouble around Alum bluffs Saturday into Sunday? Thanks!
6/29/2015 05:52:13 am
Darn! I thought I was going to be the first comment of the day for once! Been the last many times, but never the first! In Norman's words, HAGD!!
6/29/2015 07:42:50 am
Tammy, though you were 'the late show'. It's good to change. Would like to know more about the 18 year old girl also and any more about Jenny Bs passing? HAGA @2:42 est.
6/29/2015 11:20:50 am
Norman, I read something a few days ago that stated it might take up to 10 weeks before a toxicology report is released regarding Jenny's death. Seems like an awfully long time, but I do know it's not out of the ordinary. My sister worked for over three decades as a forensic pathologist.
6/30/2015 03:59:11 am
A situation like this is not for public knowledge.
6/29/2015 08:00:30 am
Thanks for sharing! Look forward to ur post!
6/29/2015 08:30:35 am
Hi there. Quick question. My family (13yr,9yr,5yr) will be on vacation next week and plan on hiking Mt LeConte. My husband is starting to worry we might run out of daylight on our hike back. I have researched and researched. Just wondering any thoughts on the better trail?
6/29/2015 09:30:55 am
The fastest trail up and back is Alum Cave Trail, HOWEVER, that trail is CLOSED Monday thru Thursday each week for repairs. Perhaps the next doable day hike trail might be Trillium. I would suggest that you start very early in the morning like maybe 8 am from the trailhead. If your family is used to hiking you should have no trouble doing it in one day especially if you hike the Alum Cave trail. I hope this helps. You might check with the rangers at Sugarlands Visitor Center for their suggestions. I'm sure other people who follow this blog will have suggestions too. Happy Hiking!
6/30/2015 03:04:11 am
The fastest trail up, or down for that matter, is NOT necessarily the Alum trail.
6/29/2015 10:21:06 am
Sounds like some tired, grumpy kids in your future. Maybe a shorter hike would be better. Good luck.
Tomk in SC
6/29/2015 11:13:29 am
When you get to the trailhead, whether Alum, Rainbow, or Trillium Gap, ((2030 - time ready to hike at trailhead) divided by 2) plus time ready to hike at trailhead. That's your turnaround time. Wherever you are that is when you start pointing feet downhill period! If you get started early and get to the top early you'll have plenty of time!
6/29/2015 11:39:23 am
Paige, I giggled a little when I saw (Tx) by your name. I started following this site last summer. Somewhere between then and now, another Tammy started posting comments. Some of the regulars knew I lived in Texas so I added "Tx" to my name so not to get her comments confused with mine. I hope you and your family have a wonderful vacation in the smokies. You just might get addicted to the area like I did 36 years ago!
6/29/2015 03:17:16 pm
There is an article at www.knoxvillenews.com about the two hikers that heard the stranded 18 yr.old hikers cries for help at the Alum Cave bluffs. Just passing it along.
6/29/2015 04:40:20 pm
Thanks Tammy, interesting article. It is www.knoxnews.com - web site for Knoxville News Sentnel. One of the hikers was injured trying to help, unfortunately. @ 11:38 pm HAGN
6/29/2015 05:15:35 pm
Sorry Norman, I just quickly looked at the website address. It's funny how sometimes you get involved in more than you bargained for some days (the two guys that heard and stayed with her). Lucky they were in the right place at the right time....but I don't really believe it was luck! Good night ya'll!
6/30/2015 03:05:50 am
Well then, if it wasn't luck, what was it ? Pre-ordained destiny !?
norman in ga.
6/30/2015 01:28:46 am
That's all right, I do the same and worse!! HAGD
6/30/2015 03:33:03 am
Thank you! That's what we needed. With so many trails leading there I wanted to make sure we do the better one. We are all use to hiking. That's our weekends,spring break, and vacations. Sometimes the longer hikes with the elevation gain sounds tough. Thank you again.
6/30/2015 04:05:39 am
Bullhead is a nice trail up and down. About 7 miles one way.
6/30/2015 04:33:07 am
I don't know Phillip....I don't really want to start that deep of a discussion here.....but yes, I've come to believe that sometimes people or even events have been placed (let me just say by a higher power, not to offend anyone) in people's lives or paths to help them. Late summer of 2013, while my mom and I were on a weekend stay at the family farmhouse, I awoke at 4:30 am to see a man walking through the yard, right at the back door, with flashlight in hand attempting to look onto the screened in porch at precisely that time. Couldn't have heard him outside because we leave the tv on all night and we're running 2 window air units. It is a very small 100 yr old home. Was able to call 911. October of 2013, while vacationing in smokies, I woke up in the predawn hours one morning to use the restroom, all was quiet. When I returned to bed and was trying to fall asleep, I started to hear a lot of commotion above us, then someone screaming "fire". I woke up my friend, got my flip flops on, somehow grabbed my purse and when I opened the door to our unit it was a raging inferno across the whole upper floor. No smell of smoke in our unit and our inside fire alarm was not sounding. Left in falling burning debris and lost about everything we had including the rental car. We were the last guests out. If I hadn't awaken that the moment I did, I don't know. There were two women in the other upstairs unit that were with a teenage boy they had taken for a cochlear (sp) implant that had not yet been activated. They told us they were going to leave him sleeping early that morning while they went to breakfast but changed their minds. Being deaf, he would not have heard anyone yelling fire, or any alarms. He could have been a life lost that day. Were these coincidences, I think not. Just 3 examples Phillip and I experienced more. I'm ill with an incurable, basically untreatable illness. Doctor advised he wants me to see 2 new specialists. I'm frustrated, and my faith and stubborn determination are what's keeping me going. You all have a blessed day! I'm late for my big Texas hair appt (just kidding, it's long and straight)!
6/30/2015 09:22:17 am
I totally agree with you Tammy (TX)! Although everyone has the right to believe the way they want, Phillip. God Bless!
6/30/2015 10:30:39 am
I never said they didn't.
6/30/2015 12:32:54 pm
Phillip, just wanted to share an experience I had today after posting my comments this morning. I went to that hair appt mentioned above...my salon is 30 miles from my home...the same person has done my hair for 38 years, since my teens...I'm a loyal person to a fault. While there I became suddenly ill (normal for the above mentioned illness I have, and I aware it could happen). It took me about 2 hrs to feel well enough to make the 30 mile trip back home. I left just depleted about the fact the sudden ill feeling happened again, is happening with more frequency and I have no control over it or when it occurs. I had recently mentioned to my hairdresser (whom I consider my friend) that I guess I'm getting to the point where I am just going to have to stay in my home and not go anywhere. Well...fast forward...driving back home, crying, admittedly having one of my occasional pity parties (as I like to call them) just absolutely fed up with this whole illness thing, I noticed the normally busy toll way I was on, was void of any traffic on the opposite side. Over the next hill came a long double line of police motorcycles...I knew then it was the funeral procession for a police officer that had lost his life in the line of duty in the small community close to ours. I pulled off and got out of my car to pay my respects as he passed by. I KNOW I was meant to be at that place at that precise time today to remind me that others have it so much worse than me.
6/30/2015 12:41:26 pm
Now, I will let the subject rest. I love this blog and I will try to chose my words more carefully so not to offend anyone. No offense was intended.
6/30/2015 01:24:43 pm
Thank you, Tammy for sharing your experiences :)
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