Continuing our tour of camp, next stop, the incinerator. This is where we burn our trash. The aluminum and glass is separated and taken off of the mountain. We then have to burn all of our food scraps. This guarantees the bears do not get into the trash. If you look closely, you will notice a wire wrapping around the area that encloses the incinerator. That is our electric fence. It is a strong deterrent for Mr. Bear. The object is to keep the bears out of the trash and into the blackberries.
For those of you who asked about the temperatures I have been reporting. I reported a low of 32 on Monday. We are not 100% sure our thermometer is reading correctly. There was no notable frost that morning. We read our electronic thermometer this morning and it read 27 degrees. The outdoor thermometer read 34 degrees. It was in the low 60's yesterday. Even if the thermometers are not reading correctly, it is still pretty cold at night. If you are scheduled to hike up anytime soon, make sure you bring heavier layers for the evening.
8/17/2011 03:02:46 am
My son and I are planning a return to the top sept.24. Looking to stay in the shelter. What kind of night time temps can we expect?
8/17/2011 03:11:30 am
Its always good to read your daily entries. And its very comforting to see how you maintain good ecological and animal care standards. Keep up the good work! Hope to make the trek up there someday.
8/17/2011 03:14:13 am
You sure that's not a picture of your Moonshine Still????
8/17/2011 04:59:52 am
We will be hiking up Saturday, our first stay. Very excited to finally enjoy the mountain! Looking forward to being cold! Been in the mid and upper 90's here! See ya Sat.!
8/17/2011 05:58:10 am
that's a far cry from our burn barrels!
8/17/2011 06:32:42 am
FYI. I hiked to the lodge last Friday 8/12 by going up Rainbow and down Bullhead. Around 5:30 PM I was about 15 minutes from the junction of Bullhead and Cherokee Orchard trail when I was attacked by a swarm of yellow Jackets. I must have accidently stepped on a ground nest on the trail. I have always said this was my biggest concern about hiking in the summer. Bears, no big deal if you leave them alone and respect their space, but Yellow Jackets, that can be a serious encounter. I was stung once on the right leg and twice on the right shoulder before I could out run them. I always carry a small "survival" kit in my pack that includes 1st aid supplies, so I had Benadryl and Advil. Not posting to scare anyone as I am an avid hiker and this is the first time this has happened to me. Just a reminder that "stuff" happens in the back woods and it is nice to be aware of potential issues on the trail and be prepared! Bullhead was beautiful as always and the flowers at the lodge are worth the trip. Enjoy the Smoky's and be safe!
8/17/2011 12:01:59 pm
Allyson, thank you for showing how the trash is burned now--so much safer for the bears. Many years ago, during the time LeConte's trash was burned in an open barrel, I can remember watching a very determined bear reach into the barrel to retrieve burning trash. Although LeConte workers tried everything they could to run her off, she kept coming back and reaching in.
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