The Medals Have Been Distributed
I am sure you are all sad to say goodbye to Nathan's amusing posts. He certainly kept me entertained while on my days down in Gatlinburg. I have said it many times before, Nathan has a gift with the words. I, however, am more a of a visual person. Now that the cats are back, the mice are getting back to their daily routines, and so must I.
I will start by saying that Chris and I had a great hike up the mountain. I was in awe when I saw the damage that had happened on Alum Cave trail from the rains on Sunday. Areas of the trail had been washed out. There was a huge rock pile where the water had moved a large amount of rocks and then laid them to rest on this big pile near the trail. I remembered reading someone's comment about hiking down during that storm. I guess the area I am talking about was up to there knees in water. After seeing the size of the rocks that were being moved in that current, I would have been a little hesitant in walking through that water. I am so grateful that no one was hurt during that downpour.
Speaking of rain, we did not get very much yesterday. A total of .02". The high was 70 with a low of 54. There seemed to be a lot of kids on the mountain last night. I think families are getting in that last vacation before school starts back.
Yes, we seen that slide down the mountain on our hike down Monday. Amazing how the mountain changes so much on every hike up. We seen it change big time over night. One spot there was rope hanging from the trees to cross a creek. There were some spots I thought is this piece of earth going to stay under my feet, since we were the first ones down that morning. I took some beautiful flower pictures on the way up and I'm glad I didn't wait until the way down. Since there were a bit washed up and full of dirt. Had a great trip even though we got tons of rain. But we were one of the lucky ones that made it a couple hours before the big rains came. But as we were sitting high and dry on our front porch we watched 10 hikers come hiking down the steps and were glad we weren't them. Poor hikers! We got to see the leconte falls going down the steps and stood in the middle of it taking pics just a laughing. Had a great time. Will be back hopefully next year.
8/9/2012 02:14:20 am
Great comments Debi ! I like your attitude. I share it as I've always been able to mlae the best of even poor conditions when out hiking. Allyson: the panoramic photo was very interesting, nice. thanks.
8/9/2012 02:30:22 am
Great panoramic, Allyson! Hope you and Chris had a super time while off the mountain. Sorry to hear about the Alum trail wash outs. Isn't Mother Nature interesting?
8/9/2012 09:47:57 pm
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