Hello to everyone. This will be my last update until November, as Allyson has returned from off days and will take over. Today I'm continuing with the meet the crew introductions. Chrissy Mann takes the honors today. Chrissy is wrapping up her second consecutive season on the LeConte Lodge crew.
On a personal note, Chrissy serves as the assistant cook when Chris and Allyson are off the mountain and I'm managing. In a most impressive fashion, Chrissy jumped right in and learned all the intricacies of cooking the lodge lunch and dinner for both the crew and guests. When I'm managing, I never worry about lunch and dinner being done to LeConte standards when Chrissy's on the job. Even more importantly, I've worked with few people in my life who are as gifted at guest relations. Chrissy sets the standard. Now I'll turn the update over to Chrissy for her introduction.
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Family is a top priority to me. I am honored to say I am a daughter, sister and auntie.
It was my loving family that began my love for LeConte. In 2009, I made my first climb to Mt. LeConte. When I landed at Myrtle Point it was a beautiful fall day--all the magnificent colors for as far as the eye could see. That day Mt. LeConte entered my heart forever.
Going home after that visit, I knew LeConte Lodge is where I wanted to be. So I applied to work at the lodge and am now finishing my second season. While here I have worked on crew, as an assistant cook and look forward to being one of the llama wranglers next year.
Back in 2009, I never would have imagined that the first hike up to Mt. LeConte would have led to an amazing journey with many adventures to come.
Tuesday has been a lovely day on LeConte, much different from yesterday. The clouds broke about 10:30 p.m. Monday revealing a fine night sky. Sunrise was special as an inversion caused the clouds in the valley to appear as a rolling ocean from our vantage above. The clear skies above LeConte continue as of Tuesday afternoon.
Monday's high was 41 with a low of 31. Tuesday morning's low was a bit warmer than that, probably about 36 degrees. We registered 0.22 inches of rain Monday.
Thanks to all of you who have come up to visit and say hello. I've enjoyed meeting you. Special thanks to the crowd of 40 or so who assembled for Monday night's LeConte Lodge ghost story swap. Our guests really put on an enjoyable show. The International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., better watch out, as there were some tales expertly told last night on LeConte. Happy trails.
JT mobile ala
10/9/2012 08:10:19 am
So nice to meet the people working on the mountain. It must be a great feeling waking up everyday and realizing you are there. The scenery would be so inspiring , seeing the daily changes would be wonderful . I look at your website daily, it is contagious. Keep up the goodwork, I am waiting for the first snowfall report. thanks for the daily reports .
10/9/2012 08:21:28 am
Last Friday Mt. LeConte hike, this Friday Mt. Cammerer here we come.
10/9/2012 11:26:58 am
Tony, nice hike if it's a clear day. However, the mist on the mountain crests has its' own attraction. We hiked to the Mt. Cammerer fire lookout on the low gap trail.
10/9/2012 11:41:05 am
H Clark, that's the trail we take. Love this hike. Hopefully there will be a little more color in the leaves.
Tom in Rockcastle
10/9/2012 12:15:58 pm
Hopefully this weekend I will be on "Ol Rocky Top" but I will soon be climbing MT. Leconte as well.
Chrisy, I've seen you at dinner time and you look like such a sweet heart of a person. I too, was a first timer to Leconte in 2009. I had heard about it before about 5 years before that, but took me awhile to actually do a little research and find it. What a wonderful job you have. Right up my alley. Cooking and mountains and animals. So,I see there is hope for me.
10/9/2012 02:27:26 pm
Of course Crissy is going to be a llama wranger!! Crissy is amazing! Not only could she jump into any job and do it with a smile and ask what next, but she could run LeConte Lodge! With her personality, she makes every guest not only feel welcome, but never tires of us asking her questions. She is the back bone of LeConte and goes beyond all expectations. She is like the hot chocolate,bringing warmth and fuzziness to the tired,cold wet hikers. THANK YOU CRISSY!
tomk in SC
10/10/2012 01:45:26 am
I am a huge Chrissy fan as well. I am certain she will be a great wrangler. I believe she can do about anything and do it well. The big winners are the llamas. However. . .what if Paul McCartney had been moved to roadie, Madonna to Costume Design, or Mona Lisa had been painted over to make a fruit bowl.
10/10/2012 02:29:36 am
"Front Man" is exactly it, tomk. She should be promoted! Can u imagine taking LeConte to that level? Of course, we don't wan it getting too crowded up there, tho.
10/10/2012 03:31:17 am
Nathan could not have said it better,. Chrissy sets the standards on guest relations.
10/10/2012 09:56:46 am
Chrissy is a sweetheart and hard worker. We meant her two years ago when we hiked up and spent the night. Iam so proud of Chrissy, being a fellow Cincinnati person myself , she makes us all proud back here. Keep up the good work Chrissy and hope to see you on the mountain real soon. We all say hi and blessings from Ohio.
5/28/2013 06:45:27 am
Chrissy! Your Ohio friends miss you! LeConte is lucky to have you. I am planning a trip to the Smokies this summer and hopefully I will have a chance to scale the mountain!
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