November 28, 2017
It’s another beautiful day up top! The high yesterday reached 51 degrees; our overnight low was 29 degrees. It’s currently 38 degrees and clear.
If you look closely, you’ll notice Newfound Gap down in the left corner of the above photo. Gotta love the contrast and scale that comes along with a morning in the mountains. I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start.
It’s no secret that I love sunrises, but one of my favorite parts about being up here is the ‘jungle’ like feel the trail often gives me. What’s one of your favorite things about Mt. Le Conte?
Until next time...
P.S. - I've seen some comments about guest's affinity for Cabin 9. The shot below is for you.
11/28/2017 09:39:27 am
Favorite thing about LeConte? The people. I have been many places and have seen wonderful things but the people on LeConte are unforgettable. I was able to spend several months in the area many, many years ago and was privileged to have the opportunity to spend many nights at the Lodge. Now, 40 years later, it is the faces I miss the most. There is no sunrise that matches the memories.
11/28/2017 01:30:21 pm
11/28/2017 02:32:23 pm
LeConte has always been spiritual for me. I feel a close connection to The Almighty while up there. God was having a good day when He made the Smokies.
11/28/2017 02:36:54 pm
Thank you, Seth, for my daily dose of mountain medicine!!!
11/28/2017 03:51:19 pm
Serenity, the peace you find there it's as if you can reach up and touch the heaven's. My place I always talked to my loved ones who have passed beyond The Unseen Portals!
11/28/2017 07:19:30 pm
Mt. Leconte is the one place that still seems magical to me. Not sure why. Im drawn to the Mtn. Hard to explain in words. Love the pic of Newfoung Gap.
11/28/2017 08:48:03 pm
It's hard to decide on one favorite thing about LeConte, but I will say I always get a second wind and a little skip in my step when Alum Cave trail comes through the forest canopy just before you reach the lodge. (We call it Sherwood Forest because we're weird).
11/29/2017 11:53:50 am
I don't think that's weird at all. I always think of the forest where the Cowardly Lion appeared in the Wizard of Oz when I reach that stretch of the trail.
11/28/2017 11:43:44 pm
I'm behind on reading the blog. Yes, thank you I had a happy birthday .I sure am enjoying your pictures and comments . I saw the little red squirrel warming itself .The Wood quote had me when it says "Sleep is death"......my meds have been making me sleep overtime.At this time of my life, to answer your question, I enjoy ALL of the blog,and what others write as well,not just the caretakers. Be safe, and have happy trails . :-)
I've hiked in the Smokies for over sixty years and have stayed at the Lodge only during the last fourteen years; it's a bit difficult to say what my favorite things about the Lodge experiences are and to place them in any definitive order. Aside from the great feeling of hiking up the mountain I believe that the dinner hour each evening is probably my favorite time up there for it is when I meet new people and share stories and experiences. I also love sitting on the steps of my favorite cabin (#9) at night and viewing the lights in the valleys down below. Of course, there are several more aspects of a Lodge stay that are important and enjoyable. One thing I rather miss is when they used to post photos of guests frequently but I imagine that that task might be too hard to accomplish or takes up too much of he crew's time. Regardless, for me the Lodge presents a magical atmosphere and that permeates my soul. G'day.
11/29/2017 12:50:37 pm
Cabin 9 is my favorite cabin. Last trip was in 1995, number 22, this mountain retreat is one of my favorite places on God’s green earth.
11/30/2017 12:33:43 pm
Seth, your photos are excellent! What camera and settings do you use especially for the trail shot here and the nighttime cabin shot from a few days ago?
11/30/2017 10:11:54 pm
Nice to see you quote Kephart. He sat on my dad's front porch in Bryson City and told stories to all that would gather.
12/20/2017 04:29:32 am
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