First of all, I would like to say, "Happy Birthday, Norman." The LeConte Lodge Crew hopes you had a wonderful day. We had a busy day on the mountain. There were a lot of hikers who took us up on a cup of lemonade. They were treated to an afternoon thunderstorm around 1 p.m.. It was a heavy downpour with a pretty big lightening crack. It got my attention. After the sky fell out, the rain stopped and the sun came back out. It ended up being a beautiful afternoon. Remember, if you are taking a hike, start early. We are seeing a large amount of late day hikers. These hikers are arriving at the lodge around 6-7 p.m. We have seen them later than that. It is one thing if you are a prepared hiker who has a flashlight and is used to hiking at night. If you are a novice hiker, it can be tricky. Roots and rocks look a lot different at night. If you are unfamiliar with the trail, please start your hike earlier. Give yourself plenty of time to make it up and down the mountain before night fall. And once again, carry plenty of water and snacks. I guess the folks who are showing up without water don't read this blog.
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