Those are Mules. Smarter and more sure footed than horses.
I sure thought that black horse looked muley.
Way to go Marlin,I take you are from the south.LOL Looks like when the Lodge first opened and the pics.when you go back to opening of MtLeconte,and for you friends about the mice so good to hear you comment on them.My daughter spent the night 4-2010 and couldn't sleep for them and my friend in 1992,I also commented on them and no ONE whould acknowledge what I wrote,I would like to know why d-con can't be put out and it wouldn't harm anyone and you wouldn't have to give ever GUEST BUCKETS ETC.for valueables etc.I wish you could ans.that question but if it will jepordized your job I know the answer.Love Mt.Leconte and wish I could visit again but we are 79-85 too old so you see why I love the D.P.The only thing I miss is the comments,use to be doz.and doz.and now hardly no-one,what is the problem don't think it is lack of int.because people are still going up.Curious in the South!!!!
The buckets are for hot water for the guests while freshening up after their hike. The lodge can not use d-con because it is a poison. The mice would eat it and die and then a weasel or other larger animal would pick them up to eat and they would then be poisoned. It is a national park. There are always going to be mice. That is why the lodge staff asks you to not leave food in your cabins. If guests will put the food in the metal containers in the main lodge, it would help keep the mice out of the cabins. They will stay out of the cabins if they can not find food. Unfortunately, a lot of guests leave their snacks in their room and that creates the problem.
Horses(?), mules, bears, and rangers, oh my! You all sure know how to have a good time up there!!
Wonder why the park service came up on mules/horses? Usually they hike up. And why so many? I count at least five. Really curious why the rangers would be up there.
I bet the mules are asking the same question--They have that WTF look.
I don't ask for much, but could you maybe include a sentence or two on WHY the horses are at the lodge?
The park uses pack mules for carrying up the heavy tools used to work on the trail. If the trail crew is only hiking in for a day and the hike is not too long, they will carry a lot of the heavy equipment. Since the trail crew is working on the top section of Alum, they are probably using more tools and can not carry them all the way to the top. So, the mules will bring up the supplies and drop it off. They don't use them very often. The llamas can not carry that much weight, so it has to be pack mules.
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