May 18, 2014
It finally happened. The secret is out. After 89 years of running a successful decoy, a Freedom of Information request has forced us to acknowledge the true purpose of LeConte Lodge. No, we don't exist to host the finest guests in the Smokies at a legendary hike-in lodge atop Mt. LeConte. Truth is we were established in 1925 as the training base for an ultrasecret zombie defense force.
It seems someone read the Department of Defense has prepared a zombie apocalypse contingency plan and demanded to know our level of emergency preparedness at LeConte Lodge. We must comply with the request. The above photo is the only existing likeness of the previously under-the-radar, elite Zombie Smash 6,593 Force. The 6,593 team owns a perfect battle record, preventing zombie attacks on Mt. LeConte since 1925. Now you can rest easy at night, maybe.
In real news, the Park Service confirmed that Rainbow Falls Trail has been reopened. After the fires about 10 days ago, the trail crew had to do some tree work to allow safe passage on the popular route to LeConte Lodge.
The temperature has moderated Sunday to 44 degrees at lunch. Saturday's high was 37 with a low of 30. The temperature actually warmed up about five degrees overnight. We received 0.16 inches of rain Saturday with a healthy snow shower but no accumulation. So far, most of Sunday has been cloudy with a few filtered glimpses of the sun. We're currently living in a cloud this afternoon.
A few days ago the question was asked about the earliest snowfall on record on Mt. LeConte. Since the late 1970s, the record for earliest recorded snowfall is a dose of flurries on Sept. 27, 1985. A light snow in October is the norm.
In the last couple of days I've enjoyed meeting a dayhiker who is using hikes to LeConte and Pikes Peak as training for a summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest in Africa. We also welcomed a couple of nice guests last night who will be moving to Tanzania soon.
This morning's sunrise proved unique. Thanks to closely sandwiched layers of clouds, I could only see a horizontal, magenta slit slashed across the sky. The color bounced around between the cloud layers. The reddish line above the valley reminded me of some of my old school papers. A celestial English teacher determined that night had become a run-on sentence and demanded change.
Allyson is due to return to the mountain tonight. I'll take leave of High on LeConte duties until June. Thank you all for reading and being so friendly when you come to visit. Zombies, don't tread on LeConte. Happy trails.
5/18/2014 08:07:36 am
I feel soooo safe and protected ....especially knowing this secret...while at LeConte!
5/18/2014 09:07:00 am
I have invented the perfect tool for taking out a zombie's brain, and I'd be willing to sell the design to the Lodge. Contact me, we'll talk!
5/18/2014 11:07:22 am
Coming up tomorrow for the first time. Looking forward to it.
5/18/2014 12:09:50 pm
what building is that in the background?. Love the zombie fighters.
Gary & Dean Pickdett
5/18/2014 12:43:39 pm
We were there last night for our 34th wedding anniversary & had a fantastic time. Thank you for the chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast this morning!
5/18/2014 01:28:37 pm
love both photos but the sunrise is amazing, well captured. I am sorry I didn't get up top to meet you before your departure. With the weather report bouncing back and forth, we postponed our "group hike" to LeConte. I opted for a shorter hike to Andrews Bald, hoping for less clouds. I walked out onto the bald where the "scenic view" sign was and stood in the middle of a dense cloud. ha better luck next time! guess I will have two good hikes to repeat in June! see you then!!!
5/18/2014 02:30:11 pm
tomk in SC
5/18/2014 02:59:26 pm
Is The Tool Shed the same as The Wood Shed? If it is, then this building would be visible hard over left if you were standing on the deck of the Dining Room with the Dining Room behind you.
5/18/2014 03:30:18 pm
thanks for the info Matt and tomk in sc
5/18/2014 04:13:19 pm
Technique tactic yahahahaha
5/18/2014 04:27:16 pm
Nathan, THANK YOU for "going the extra mile" every time you are in charge. We all appreciate your dedication!
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