May 17th, 2015
Hello once again from a foggy mountain top! This morning has been drizzly and grey, but it's 50 degrees so at least it's not cold! The sun came out for just a second during sunrise and illuminated some very interesting cloud patterns. Yesterday's high was 59 and the low was only 47 overnight. We received just .02" of rain. Today is stacking up to be a bit on the wet and dreary side, but we need the rain so I will count it as a win and just curl up with a good book! Everyone stay dry and happy in your journeys today, wherever they may be.
I cannot remember how many times I've seen this photo, or this particular view, but I never tire of seeing it ! Unless I'm mistaken, it was taken relatively near my favorite cabin, No. 9, of which I posted two or three photos on my site. I don't always get this cabin, but I ask for it. G'day
5/17/2015 05:36:01 am
Doug, that is most likely taken from the kitchen or the deck. The cabin is a employee cabin called "The laundry". And yes my 2 favorite cabins are #9 & #10, never stayed in them... just made the beds, lol.
5/17/2015 07:47:40 am
Doug. Really like your post and pictures
5/17/2015 06:44:58 am
Can anyone tell me the reason for the recently installed electronic arms (gates) at the second Rainbow Falls parking lot? Do we need to get a pass to park or are we restricted from parking? Thank You!
5/17/2015 07:07:11 am
I believe the gates are there to increase the odds those of us overnighting will have a place to park. No guarantees but it may help. With Alum Cave trail closed during the week it will shift a lot of the traffic. I believe they send the code as your date approaches. Hope this helps.
5/17/2015 05:29:34 pm
Beautiful morning photo! Doug, enjoyed your post today. Did you say in an earlier post you were going to set up your site so that comments could be made there? Just curious, have you been on ranger Mike's night hike in Cades Cove? Some people might disagree but I really enjoy them. He tells the story of Cades Cove through his "encounters" with a Native American Indian spirit. Really interesting.
Tammy: I haven't been on the night hikes in Cades Cove, but once went out and rode the loop on one of my bicycles well after darkness had fallen. Sort of an eerie and spooky ride, but it was very pleasant; to experience those night sights and sounds is very unique. Just about two or so years ago I hiked up to Cliff Tops at night, leaving the Alum parking lot around 1:00a, to view a full moon setting in the west, much like the evening sunsets and that is one little trip I will never forget. Beautiful, even somewhat quieter than the Cove. Night hiking is certainly a different experience. And yes, I intend to improve my site sometime this summer; thanks
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