So it begins, So shall it end
We ended the day the same way started, with our head above the clouds. The inversion lasted all day. We had a beautiful sunny day on top of the mountain. Someone asked what kind of conditions are necessary for an inversion to occur, I am not sure of the answer. We have seen them in every month. We experienced a warmer day yesterday. The high was 66º with a low of 44º. So far, we are starting out with a sunny day again today.
I did the math and figured out I only have 45 more working days on the mountain. It is hard to believe how fast this season is going by. I think back on all of the amazing trips Chris and I have been able to take because we had the winters off. We have been to New Zealand, Costa Rica, Panama, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Tanzania, all over the United States, and finally Hawaii. After all of our travels, it always felt like we were returning home when we hiked up for the new season each March. I don't know that the next chapter in our lives will sink in until March when the crew returns to the mountain with out us. I read the comments and hear people say how the mountain has gotten in their blood. I guess I could say that after twelve seasons, the mountain has gotten in my soul.
Finn Harris ( Jellybean)
9/18/2014 01:25:07 am
Wish I was in the clouds with y'all.
9/18/2014 01:43:11 am
What a beautiful treat to see. Like being in space or another planet. See ya tomorrow!
9/18/2014 02:54:49 am
Hiked in the GSMP yesterday from Newfound Gap to Kephart via Sweat Heifer. Perfect cool weather. The only hikers we saw were on the AT heading to the Jump Off.
9/18/2014 04:22:28 am
There's something suspicious looking about the neat row of clouds in today's image. Could it be a fleet of alien space ships disguised as clouds?
9/18/2014 07:23:24 am
8 or 9 of them!
9/18/2014 08:14:44 am
They're scoping us out, I think. They'll probably return to their home planet once they determine there's no real intelligent life, down here. ; )
9/18/2014 10:33:16 am
Oh, crap! :(
9/18/2014 09:51:03 am
The clouds look like you should be able to just walk out on them and continue your hike.
9/18/2014 01:16:47 pm
we had the honor to come to the top today for a snack break on the last leg of our three day AT hike. Beautiful day up top and we thoroughly enjoyed our time up there. We will be back (myself and the "pizza lady") with 5 friends at the end of Oct for our stay at the lodge. I can not wait! Thanks for all you do. It was great getting to talk to you and Chris today about your peppers! very cool. see you in 6 weeks! Have a great last 45 days...wow....bittersweet!!!
9/18/2014 02:07:43 pm
Looking forward to seeing you guys on Sunday!
9/18/2014 03:15:32 pm
A truly awesome place, if all works out, be swing threw and staying at the shelter at the top round the 1st of October! Love y'all and the AT!
9/18/2014 03:26:06 pm
Was disappointed,Allyson, to see that last Saturday was the last day this season for the Gatlinburg Farmer's Market. Guess that family and I will have to do a one day climb this fall to say our goodbyes - along with many others, I'm sure!
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