Yesterday was beautiful but brutally cold. The high never reached above 4 degrees. Our 24 hour high was 9. The low was -1. It is currently 12. Hwy 441 is open and folks did hike down Alum yesterday. The trails are going to be icy, so be careful and take your time. Our guests had no problems hiking up yesterday. Everyone made it to the lodge before dinner time.
We are officially down to our last week on the mountain. It won't be long until J.P. is making is way back to the lodge. He is looking forward to his return and hoping some of the big snows are still to come. That is fine with me. I will look up from our house in Gatlinburg and thank goodness that I don't have to trek to the outhouse. As I was walking around camp last night and enjoying the beautiful glow on the snow capped mountain, I was trying to decide if I was going to miss the scenery more than I was not going to miss using the privy at -1 degrees. It was a hard choice, but you can't beat the beauty of this mountain. I am trying to soak in every picture perfect moment before I hike down next Wednesday. I am fortunate to call Gatlinburg home and will be able to lace up my boots and hike up treats for the crew at any given time.