Good afternoon to all of you. Most of Monday has been sunny, but as of early afternoon a cloud has taken up residence on the top of Tennessee. Last night and most of today we've been above the cloud deck in the valley. We could see the far range of the Cumberlands on the horizon, but Pigeon Forge was invisible, smothered in clouds in our own shadow.
We ended up receiving 0.24 inches of rain up top Sunday, less than I anticipated based on the weekend forecast. However. things are greening up nicely as the deer pictured above surely appreciate. They were taking their supper a couple hours after we rang the dinner bell for our guests. Again, there wasn't much variation in the temperature with a high of 58 and low of 51.
When I hiked down the night of the April full moon to begin my off days, I was treated to a majestic sight on my drive home. I hiked down in the dark, but the full moon wasn't quite ready to make an appearance yet, so I didn't see it illuminate the Alum Cave Bluff Trail scenery (a spectacular sight if you're hiking in the dark on purpose).
However, by the time I was in my car and climbing the Gatlinburg bypass, the moon was just about to rise behind Mt. LeConte, backlighting the mountain with a purple glow. That unearthly glow embracing LeConte's summit that night trumped the neon-fueled light emanating from Gatlinburg by a far sight. It was almost like the mountain was showing off for its urban neighbor below: "Go ahead and put up all the colored lights on every shop you want. Try to top this. Here stands LeConte, mighty and majestic."
Thanks for reading. Have a fine day. Happy trails.
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