Good afternoon. We've been powerfully busy up here at the lodge. With a nice Memorial Day weekend in the forecast my advice to the crew down below on off days is to catch your breath now.
The atmosphere was electric in more ways than one last night at supper. We didn't get heavy rains as I heard they did in the valley, but we were treated to an impressive lightning storm. I was standing beneath the overhang on the porch and saw one lightning bolt ripping through the sky--a jagged hypodermic needle delivering tough medicine to a tree between High Top and the Trillium Gap Trail.
Tuesday's high was 67, tying for the warmest day of 2013. The low only sank to 50 with 0.38 inches of rain in the gauge. Wednesday's forecast isn't promising, but we've had a nice day up top thus far.
The main subject of today's entry is Crazy Horse, the dependable, strong and proud. While I could be talking about the Native American, one of the most feared and skilled warriors in the sordid history of the "Wars of the West" (ask Gen. George A. Custer), today I'm talking about one of our finest LeConte llamas.
Crazy Horse is the most veteran of the LeConte string. Crazy Horse predates Alan, who is working in his 11th season as a llama wrangler, and is the last of his original team. "Crazy Horse is a really solid llama," Alan said. "The most striking thing about him is he has two different colored eyes--one brown and one blue. He's a hard-working guy."
Chrissy, in her first season as a LeConte llama wrangler, didn't hesitate when asked how valuable Crazy Horse has been in her inaugural campaign.
"Crazy Horse is a 'man's man' llama," Chrissy said. "He exudes his experience more than any other llama. This boy just wants to work. He's past all the games the other llamas play."
Crazy Horse packed up some groceries for us today and took down some linens to be washed. He'll enjoy life on the farm and be off for Friday's trip and the weekend before returning to see us on Monday (if the schedule holds to form). We salute Crazy Horse, the elder statesman of the LeConte string. Happy trails.
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