It is another beautifully cool morning on the top. The high yesterday was 67º with a low of 51º. The sun is making its way over High Top and the sky is clear. It is going to be an epic day for hiking in the Smokies. The flowers are starting to really burst with color. The monks hood and bee balm are blooming and the cone flowers are just starting. Chris and Pat went for a hike on Trillium and said the pink turtles head are blooming a mile or so down the trail. I suspect the ones around the lodge will be coming in soon. The crew has noticed the drunk bees. This is the time of year when the bees are drawn to the filmy angelica. The nectar is intoxicating to them. I will try and find an example of the local bee bar to get a photo for you. Well, it is time to go get breakfast on the table and get this day started. With this weather, how can it not be a busy day on the mountain? It is a perfect day on to of Mt. Leconte.
John Paul Krol
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