Yowza! It's already the middle of September! How time flies when you're having fun in fall (almost). The sun and blue skies continue to tease us, but just can't seem to punch through and knock the clouds out. The forecast looks promising though, and we should have ourselves a gorgeous weekend. Irma's remnants leaked out 0.1" of rainfall yesterday, in what looks to be the last liquid precip we'll witness for a while. Temperatures again didn't vary much, as we measured 49 degrees for a high and 42 for a low. It's warmer today, as we sit in the low 50's. Alan and the llamas have already come and gone, doing tremendous work in keeping us super stocked on supplies.
The NPS trail crews have knocked out the beast of a mess on Alum Cave, so trail conditions are far friendlier to the average hiker. We're still waiting to hear more on the mountain's other trails, so taking Alum Cave and Trillium Gap are still your best bets for smooth visits to and from the lodge.
Even in this day and age, information from the outside world can still lag a bit getting to the top of the mountain, but we're all in tune with what's been happening in and around the country. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the major hurricanes that have ravaged the states surrounding the Gulf, the numerous Caribbean nations, and of course the fires that have torn through endless acres out west. One can't forget where we were this time last year during the extreme drought as fires burned throughout the southeast. We're grateful for every drop of rain accumulated thus far.
Have an enjoyable start to the weekend.