June 5, 2017
We're listening to the sound of rain pelting windows and roof tops, and it is glorious! After several dry days, this liquid precipitation business is greatly appreciated. We tallied 0.43" of rain during the last measurement, and it's been coming down steadily much of today. We've now eclipsed 40" of rain on the mountain for the year! All of the vegetation around camp is happy about this fact, as they're all coming in green, tall, and full. I've been admiring all of the new growth on the Frasier Firs and Red Spruces. Yesterday's temperatures saw little fluctuation, with our high rolling in at 58 degrees, and our low just down to 51. We're sitting in the mid 50's at the moment.
It's time to call on another great LeConte pack llama, one that many people have laid eyes on before, though not necessarily in person. The one and only...BUCK! (aka Bucky, Buck of a Buck <--Ask Chrissy). This legendary packer has logged a ton of miles on this mountain, up there with the likes of Cliff and Chester. In the past, he was known for hauling those fresh eggs our overnight guests enjoy for breakfast. This year, you'll be able to pick him out from the team by his distinctive navy blue saddle bags.
You may be wondering as to how you've seen this famous llama before, if not in person. Well, those of you who purchased a certain ornament sporting a proud pack llama in years past are looking at none other than our favorite Buck pictured below! This llama has gone well beyond earning his keep. He's in our hearts, and he's in a great number of people's homes. The wranglers look after him, and he looks after us, and we couldn't be more proud of what this llama has achieved in his career.
May your next glass of famous LeConte orange tang be a toast to the likes of Buck!
If you're out and about today, enjoy yourself and stay dry. The temperatures in the coming days are expected to moderate, so hooray for that! Take care.
Previously highlighted llamas:
Kramer, Denny, Chuck, Huey, Pete, Clifford, Rainbow Reuben.
6/5/2017 02:56:55 pm
Is the leconte shelter open? If not, do you know when it will be?
6/5/2017 03:51:49 pm
Buck looks like he has a "bucked tooth" on the bottom! Love all the llamas! Have a beautiful day y'all!
6/5/2017 08:38:42 pm
Thank you for another enjoyable blog. :-)
6/5/2017 09:09:23 pm
Well then... Buck up, Y'all.
Pam in TN
6/5/2017 09:19:31 pm
Question for.August 21, thinking of day hiking for solar eclipse. Will there be any restrictions to hikers.at lodge that day?
6/6/2017 11:36:03 am
I was wondering about the same thing. Depending on when the actual eclipse occurs, I was thinking about TRYING to make the hike up. What a view for the eclipse! Since we have a place in the Smokies now, I am planning on a trip to see the eclipse. I imagine there will be loads of people hiking up and the Alum trail parking lot will be a mess for sure. Our "tentative" plan is to walk the cove loop.
6/6/2017 05:13:01 pm
If you can get there... Be aware that the park has published this on their website: Visitors may view the eclipse from other areas of the park on your own, though due to the influx of eclipse viewers during the already-busy season, the Park Service may need to close certain areas on August 21st to reduce gridlock, which may include Newfound Gap Road and Cades Cove.
6/6/2017 12:35:02 pm
Just an FYI, the lodge will not be in the path of totality - it lies just north of the boundary line. You can basically use 441 as the dividing line for that boundary. There is an awesome interactive map here: http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html
6/7/2017 12:53:29 am
I had read the information on the park's website about possible road closures, and as Christy pointed out to me this morning, 441/Newfound Gap Road could also be closed. Not to mention cloud cover on that day. She also said the lodge area doesn't appear to be in the totality zone. A lot of variables. Our condo is out of the total eclipse area as well. Otherwise, we would have a great view off our balcony. But, I still would like to make a trip up to get a "chance" to see it.
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