I visited with Tom DuBose, who completed the Appalachian Trail on Sept. 17, in the dining room this afternoon. After checking off the southern portion of the AT in past years, Tom, at age 71, polished off the last of his 1,165 miles from Harper's Ferry, Va., to Mt. Katahdin, Maine this year.
He took a nasty spill on July 4, maybe cracking a couple of ribs, which slowed down his pace a bit but it didn't stop him. Tom ran into Bethany, a member of last year's LeConte Lodge crew, in Vermont as she was on her way to completing the through hike. He said his longest hiking day was a 21.5-mile slog through Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness. Tom said the White Mountains of New Hampshire were the most scenic--"the views are more breathtaking when you get up top." However, there was a price to pay for those views as there tends to be plenty of creek fording in New Hampshire and beyond as bridges are hard to find. Tom said that it was ankle-twisting rocky in northern Pennsylvania.
I'm nearing the completion of the LeConte Lodge crew introductions. The rest of today's update belongs to Brad Graham, who wrote the following profile.
My name is Brad Graham, and this is my second season working here at LeConte Lodge. I enjoyed working here so much last season that I decided to return for another year. It's always nice meeting and interacting with so many interesting people.
I spent the winter months working in an auto restoration shop that specializes in muscle cars. Working there, I gained a lot of knowledge about metal work and the process that is painting a show-quality hot rod. The shop has done work on cars from coast to coast. If you have an old Mopar, or other make, that needs some TLC, check out Ross Restorations in Crystal Springs, Miss.
My plan was for this to be my last season here, but as we all know plans change. I blame Nicholette, next year's head cook. I look forward to seeing many of you again next season! Go Mississippi State Bulldogs!
Thanks to Brad for providing his update. Chris and Allyson are due back from off days this evening, so I'll be signing off High on LeConte updates for a while. Thanks for reading. Happy trails.