It's only fair that after yesterday's bountiful sun-fest we endure a day marked by clouds and rain. There'll be no complaining on our part regarding this fact, as there seems to be an appreciated balance of sun and rain so far this season. Our high temperature for the day tapped 71.8 degrees, our new high mark for 2017 thus far. Our overnight low dipped to 48, and we're currently rolling through the day in the 50's. A storm system moved in late last night and dropped 0.35" of rain on us before breakfast, and it's been coming down steadily ever since. Conditions don't feel too bad indoors, but if you're out and about today be sure and pack the appropriate layers for warmth and protection, as even a light rain can bring on a chill.
Snails. They are precious. And they seem to be everywhere on the mountain these days. They must be enjoying life on Mt. LeConte as much as we are. Snails can blend in easily with the terrain, and quite often they can be found in transit smack dab in the middle of the trail. Don't forget to look down for the little guys in between those grand vistas that require one to look up and outward.
Kudos to our friends from the NPS wildlife management team for helping us with the rise in bear activity around camp recently. It's obvious through their diligent work that they truly care about protecting the animals in the park and are invested in educating the millions of visitors the Smoky Mountains see annually. A bear recently trapped and assessed differs from the one reported at the shelter a few days ago, so it's possible the backcountry shelter will remain closed for a bit longer. We'll be sure and let you know when that changes. In the meantime, we hope our latest fuzzy acquaintance has lost interest in the goings-on of camp and returns to foraging in the acres upon acres of lush forest. As always, we appreciate hikers and overnight guests informing us of any bear activity on the trail, that way we can keep everyone well informed.
Have a great rest of the day!
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