Tis a dreary day on the mountain, shrouded in clouds with the occasional light mist pestering crew members as they scurry around camp toting linens and brooms. We had 0.65" of rain at measurement this morning, accompanied by a high yesterday of 50 degrees and an overnight low of 38. We expect similar temps today, although with fewer views from camp.
Today marks our first Llama trip of the season. Coming out of their winter break, they'll need to shake off the cobwebs and rediscover their hiking hooves. We always fly in enough supplies that the first few loads for each team is light enough for them to get comfortable with Trillium Gap again. The returning starters catch on real quick, but we'll have several new faces to get trained up this spring. We appreciate everything these critters do for us, and we are especially grateful for the work and care done by our wranglers - Alan, Chrissy, and Bonnie. If you are fortunate enough to see these hard workers on the trail, be sure and say "Hi," but please make sure you pay attention to any advice offered by the wranglers. Sometimes the trail gets narrow, and its important you are kept safe while the llama train passes by.
We currently have enough Llamas in rotation to feature a different one every week of the lodge season. We'll start with some of the experienced veterans, some of which you may already know, and eventually highlight our younger but equally interesting packers.
For this season's first featured Llama, we are proud to introduce...Kramer (aka "Little Deer"). Kramer is a well balanced combination of cuteness and consistency. He's had experience in various spots in the train, from lead to anywhere in between. His narrow and dainty frame compared to the rest of the herd gives him the appearance of a deer, but he can pack weight all the same. When Kramer first came to work for the lodge, the Householders referred to him more as a wild deer, but with their commitment through training, they've developed Kramer into a fine LeConte Llama. So here's a salute to our favorite "Little Deer!"
In other exciting news, former crew members Brad ('13-'15) and Nicholette ('14-'15) officially tied the knot yesterday. Join us in wishing them the best in their journey forward together!
Have a great rest of the day.
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