Leaf Peepers Everywhere
Another stellar day on the mountain. The sun was out and made for a beautiful day up top. The high was 57 with a low of 39. A lot of leaf peepers made their way to the lodge. They were rewarded for it. We are expecting a busy weekend. Lots of folks have made reservations to join us for lunch. I can't think of a better way to spend my day off then to hike up and enjoy a hot lunch and check out the amazing scenery. See you on the mountain.
10/12/2012 02:15:34 am
I'm not familiar with Leaf Peepers. Are they related to other frogs, like Spring Peepers? We have Spring Peepers here, and I love to open the window and listen to their chirping during those lovely summer evenings.
10/12/2012 02:33:45 am
Leaf Peepers !! Your creativity has achieved a new high ! That name is simply great ! I suppose that I'm one at times during this most colorful season and it's becoming a grand display so far this year here in central KY; Peak should be in another three to four days. Not far from the Sugarlands visitor center up Highway 441 toward Newfound Gap is a pulloff on the left which is one of my favorites. I must have a thousand photos from this particular spot which lets one gaze upward toward Mt. Leconte across a deep, trough-shaped valley, the lower part of Sugarland Valley. At any time of year it's a spectacular scene, but in autumn with the colors in full regalia it can be a truly inspiring sight. For me, it's one of the best in the Park, although at any given time I might change my mind depending on exactly where I'm standing ! Along the Alum Trail are spots that are just as grand. It's a matter of personal opinion, of course, that Alum is the most spectacular scenic route in the Smokies, it is for me. Leaf Peepers ! Be they frogs or be they humans, it's a most amusing name ! G'day.
Brian N bama
10/12/2012 02:51:16 am
So Allyson, did you put in my order for snow on Nov. 9th? Maybe Debi can just send some our way.
10/12/2012 03:15:51 am
ok...guess i better chime in too ..lol..yes Allyson we will take a little snow w/NO ice please : ) however my beloved would take more than a little as he is MT born & bred ! up a couple days after you Brian
Audie n Bama too.
10/12/2012 08:07:09 am
Brian, I have mixed feelings about the snow. i will be going up LeConte for the first time on Nov 11th. I would love to be there in the snow, but on the other hand I want to bring my 6 year old grandson, so I would feel a little better about the trip if it did not snow.
Brian N bama
10/12/2012 08:47:50 am
Audie, my oldest son and I hiked up last nov in the snow. It was amazing. I would recommend that you get at least some yaktrax before you come up. You never know what the mountain has to offer. You can get some for around $20/pr at Dicks, or somewhere like that. They will be a life saver if you do encounter snow/ice. I have been up in the snow, rain and sunshine, I would redo each trip without changing a thing. The magic of Mt Leconte is just overwelming. Happy Trails.
Brian, we just have rain today, but will let you know when the snow comes and send it your way. I do hope you get snow that day.
10/12/2012 04:00:39 am
This is only my second time posting a comment here as I first "discovered" the site when a friend recommended it to me a few weeks ago. Most interesting. I've read a lot of comments on other internet links to Leconte Lodge and find it a very interesting place. The nightly rates seem very high for the amenities offered, but it appears that the atmosphere and other guests make up for this. I don't have a reservation for next season so I guess I'll have to wait until 2014, but I've got to come up and stay sometime. I know that Clingman's Dome is the highest mountain in the park and Leconte is the third highest at 6,593 ft elevation and I see under the guest sigthings that the elevation on the front of the dining hall is 6593; Is the lodge on top of Mt. Leconte or what is the elevation at the dining hall ? It's a bit confusing in a way. This is a very nice site to visit.
10/12/2012 07:26:50 am
Tillman, the elevation at the dining area is less than 6,400 (6,360?). The highest point of 6,593 is about one-half mile from the lodge on the Boulevard Trail.
10/12/2012 07:03:39 am
allyson, very nice pics, how come there are not more guest sightings than their are?
10/12/2012 07:48:10 am
Thank you, H Clark, I would think that they would have 6360 on that plaque/board above the dining room door; I, too, wondered how often they posted photos of the guests under Guest Sightings; Do the guests request this ? Regardless, I'm enjoying this site and must try to come here more often. Thanks.
tomk is SC
10/12/2012 02:00:11 pm
10/13/2012 03:46:12 am
Who cares about a sign...if this is all you see or think when you hike LeConte or look at the website then you need to hike more...and forget the trivial things....do you check the mileage on road signs and complain because they are not accurate to the 10th.....
10/13/2012 07:50:43 am
Thanks for your comments on the elevation on the dining hall; that explains why it is what it is. Well, JWT, I'm sorry you think I'm complaining for I certainly am not. Don't pretend to tell me I need to hike more for I've done plenty of that for well over fifty years and what I pay attention to and comment on is my business, and I do so as neutrally as possible, and, I, too, see beauty on Leconte as I do all over the Park If I offended you somehow I apologize, for I truly don't care about that sign, just pointing out a small discrepancy that means nothing more. There are numerous errors in several links regardinig the Lodge and the Park having to do with elevations, locations, even directions, but I don't complain about them. I never thought my comment would illicit such a critical reaction. tomk: from your past comments that I've gone back and read on previous posts in my attempt to learn about the lodge I assume that you're apparently an experienced hiker and frequent guest at the lodge and I agree with your opinion. I have hiked by the lodge many times but have not had the opportunity to book a reservation. thanks for your opinion. I have never stayed at the lodge and I hope to next year or the following year; looking forward to that.
10/13/2012 08:07:35 am
Really tomk is SC??????!!!!!!! You obviously don't get it. I've been going to LeConte since 1971 & worked there back in the early 80's & you are the only I one that I have ever heard of to have a problem with the sign! It's tradition. Typically the type person that makes the hike to LeConte doesnt have, had or will ever have your mindset. Just enjoy what the mountain has to offer & the great staff. And make sure to head up the trail & add your rock to the pile if that will make you feel better. Leave the negative at the car & enjoy.
10/14/2012 01:52:34 am
After reading all the comments regarding the sign it seems that it was only a comment made about it, and that's not a negative, just a fact. I think tomk and many others "get it" and one's mindset is of course an individual matter; It's interesting and amusing to read about the traditions at the lodge.
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