Natures Alarm Clock
"If there is one thing clear about the centuries dominated by the factory and the wheel, it is that although the machine can make everything from a spoon to a landing-craft, a natural joy in earthly living is something it never has and never will be able to manufacture."- Henry Beston
I love waking up to the orange glow of sunrise. It is a great start to a day. The mornings are chilly with dew and a cool breeze. The lows have been around 50 degrees. Yesterday was cloudy day with the high in the mid 60's.
There was a question yesterday that was asking about how many trails lead to Mt. LeConte. The answer is 5 or 6 depending on who you ask. There is a description of the 5 main trails on "Facts" page of this blog. The 6th trail is Brushy Mountain which connects to the Trillium Trail and finishes at LeConte. That is the least hike trail to the lodge. It is 9.5 miles and a steep hike. We usually only suggest that trail for hikers that have done all of the others and want a challenge.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Time for some coffee.
8/5/2011 02:31:11 am
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. Your last two photos took my heart and mind away from a minor difficulty I'm experiencing this morning. The problem is being solved, and it gives me a great sense of peace seeing your sunrise. Absolutely beautiful. I believe that every time I'm able to visit the lodge my stay refreshes and envigorates me, but the lodge is only a secondary reason for being up on the mountain. In the woods and mountains I find most of what I seek, and for each this is different. Your wonderful photos are breathtaking and enhance the essence of what the lodge is all about. Many heartfelt thanks !
8/5/2011 05:31:04 am
I agree with Doug about your photos being breathtaking this morning! Thanks, I can feel my blood pressure getting lower just looking at your pics and thinking about being there sitting on the porch with a cup of your hot chocolate.
8/5/2011 05:45:46 am
Me again: Just wanted to say that the two sunrise photos have really made my day a much nicer one; would be nicer if I were actually up there right now, rather than stuck here in central KY; My chess-playing friend in England viewed the photos, too, and she loved them ! They simply said more to me than usual and, of course, only increased my desire to return as soon as possible to the lodge ! So, crew and guests there, have a wonderful weekend !!
8/5/2011 12:25:51 pm
I'm back once more: Allyson & everyone: the photos you posted this morning have been especially beneficial to my good mood all day today; seeing them was precisely what I needed to set my mood for the day, and it's been a more pleasant one because of the sunrise shots; Thanks again and have a good night.
8/5/2011 02:01:12 pm
There's only one word to describe the photos - absolutely gorgeous! ;-)
8/5/2011 02:05:20 pm
Looks like I'm dominating the comments today. It's been one of those days where I've thought of being at the lodge since this morning. I got to remembering all the visits I've made there and a thought crossed my mind: "Do not cry nor lament over a pleasant experience because it's over; smile because it happened." That's how I feel about my lodge stays. Looking forward to many more. G'night !
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