Warm Weather on the Mountain
I love the fact that it is near the end of October and we are experiencing such warm weather for the season. The high yesterday was 60 with a low of 42. I am guessing it will be warmer today since the forecast is calling for the mid 80s down below. Yesterday was a great day for a run. The trails have died down a bit. I guess the fall breaks are over. The crew are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the pumpkins today. It has become a tradition for the crew to each carve a pumpkin and let the guests vote on the best one. The winner gets to sleep in late. That is a big deal around here. We are usually up and at 'em around 7:30 every morning. Looking at the forecast, it seems as though this beautiful weather is going to stick around a few days. This does not hurt my feelings. I can do with out a snow a little longer.
10/24/2012 12:55:27 am
As I sit at my desk getting ready to start another day in 4th grade and feeling a bit stressed, I looked at the daily blog and went ahhh the beauty of those mountains. Not feeling as stressed now! Thanks for the beautiful pic. as always! Happy pumpkin carving!! I would love to see a pic of all the pumpkins. Warm weather again today in central Ohio!! loving it!
Very beautiful picture today. Had to change my screen saver.
Brian N bama
10/24/2012 02:37:21 am
WOW!! what a view. Allyson, I hope you have this weather all the way up till nov 9th. I have already told you I am gonna bring some snow from Alabama. You remember what it was like to do without snow don't you? My boys are sure counting on getting some when we come up. See you soon.
10/24/2012 03:09:10 am
Colors are past their peak here in Cen. KY; they're all pretty much a general brownish-red hue; temps are about what one would expect for this time of year; Like Debi, I changed my desktop background with your latest photo which looked just great ! I've watched far too much of the current election coverage and am really burned out, so, next week I'm camping in the Park for four or five days and taking several of the day hikes I've been planning, one of which will take me by the lodge hopefully, a least long enough for a short rest; I hope Brian gets his snow. G'day
Brian N bama
10/24/2012 04:13:14 am
Thanks Doug, we got it last nov so it would be nice to have some on the ground with clear skies so my wife and youngest could see what myself and the oldest saw last year. BEAUTIFUL
10/24/2012 04:16:08 am
Sunday a high of only in the mid fifties predicted over here in the valley, you will get your cold then, yikes
10/24/2012 05:32:12 am
We are headed up for a day hike on Thursday! Let us know if we can bring anything up for you!
10/24/2012 07:49:07 am
Brian: I don't know which trail you plan on taking up to the lodge, but footing can be treacherous; I believe you're well aware of this, though; On one trip, in Apr 2010 on Easter Sunday along the Alum trail there was plenty of ice and snow in the last mile or so; I had bought a new pair of ice cleats but elected to leave them home. They would have given me only a small advantage, and I've actually never used them. There are some slippery spots on the "upper" sections of Alum where even with the cleats it can be tricky. But I like your attitude: If you make even the poorest of ground conditions "fun" it makes for a great journey ! Perhaps I'll plan a mid-winter snow-on-the-ground hike just to get a feel for those ice cleats.
Brian N bama
10/24/2012 07:59:32 am
We are going Alum up and down. My wife has never been on it and my youngest has only been down it. We will be purchasing them some yaktrax before heading up. We almost had ice this past april coming up rainbow. Allyson said it melted off the evening before we came up. And yes, alum is tricky in spots even with "ice walkers" on. I would rather hike in the rain or snow with my family than to be stuck in this office without them. HAPPY TRAILS
10/24/2012 08:13:32 am
I'll heading down in the Smokies on November 7 and plan to hike up to LeConte, on the 8th, via Alum. I bought a pair of Stabilicers that look pretty aggressive. (A hiker experienced in hiking the trail recommended them to me.)
10/24/2012 10:01:46 am
Bring on the colder weather......bringing my Parents this year with us...1st time for them....heading up next week on Halloween.....Looking forward to another wonderful trip to Leconte.....
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