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.