March 17, 2017
The weather continues to be a curious thing up here. Our temperature apex yesterday afternoon was 20 degrees, eventually dipping down into the teens overnight. Our low was the 0 degrees at observation yesterday, as it never got any colder. About the time we stopped seeing the stars last night is when the temps jumped up rapidly, as our recorded high for the period was 30 degrees at observation. Currently it is 32 and we've been socked in by clouds.
With the park opening US 441 yesterday morning, we saw increased day hiker traffic on Alum Cave. Expect that trail to be very slick with the snow pack and exposed ice. As the temps continue to rise and rain moves, this mountain will turn slushy in a hurry. Please prepare for these conditions if you choose to climb the mountain. Traction devices, waterproof boots and shells are your friends. Blue jeans, tennis shoes, and cotton are not.
Thursday turned out to be about as gorgeous of a day you could ever ask for. Despite our delay in flying, the crew and volunteers have been stellar in finding projects to occupy themselves and get the lodge as prepared as possible. Once the supplies land, we will eagerly perform the final checks and touch up the fine details to open for guests. Thank you all for your continued patience. You'll be among the first to know when we can officially open for the season, and once the 2017 "I Hiked It" shirts land, we'll excitedly share this year's design.
Stay dry and have a good weekend!
3/17/2017 10:21:09 am
Looks like I'm not alone in this opinion but... you're doing a fantastic job with the blog! This is Allyson & Chris/JP-level type of stuff or better & I just wanted you to know how important it is to those of us who can't be there as often as we'd like. I start every day with this blog - & what a wonderful start to a day! Thank you!
Mary Anne Rudolph
3/17/2017 10:26:25 am
441 closed for about an hour. It reopened about a minute ago. This will make for an interesting day! Have really enjoyed posts and photos from the staff (assume Bonny and John are doing this) so far this year. Keep up the great work and hope to see you at some point. Friends Annie and Phil are hiking up today (I think!) so you may see them later.
3/17/2017 11:25:34 am
John, Awesome pictures! what camera are you using?
3/17/2017 12:49:06 pm
I agree. The posts are wonderful for those of us who wish we were there.
3/17/2017 07:54:35 pm
Hi everyone, I love the pictures you post. We are headed up there for the first time ever on April 19. I hope everything is ok by then. My birthday is on April 25. I will be an old lady, Ha Ha. 53 isn't that old. I'm just a little over the hill. I'm looking forward to this trip. I hope the weather decides to be nice now. I did hear that as of now the llamas aren't going up on Wednesdays. I hope that changes for April 19. I was looking forward to seeing the guys. Keep up the good work on the blog, I read it all the time. Thanks.
3/18/2017 08:19:16 pm
3/18/2017 08:06:03 am
I really enjoy reading your posts. The pictures are just beautiful.
3/18/2017 10:00:01 am
I also start my day by checking your blog.I agree, your blog is in comparison with JP,,,Alyson/Chris. Thank you. Keep it up. :-)
3/19/2017 05:06:41 pm
I did this hike yesterday with some friends and I will say it was amazing. I was intimidated to do it and it was not easy but it was so worth it. Your lodge and cabins and the whole area is beautiful. I will be looking at renting one for an over night trip with my son soon. He did this hike a few weeks ago and loved it as well. I love this blog so thank you for it. Have a fabulous season. Hope to visit again soon.
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