Watching the Clouds Roll Away
There is nothing better than sitting out at Myrtle Point watching the clouds roll in. Yesterday was a perfect day for that. The rain clouds didn't blow through until later in the afternoon. The high was 67º with a low of 49º. The mountain was abustle with hikers, the crew has settled into their routines, and the weather is getting warmer by the day. Feels, smells, and looks like summer on the mountain. I am going to enjoy taking in my last full summer around the lodge. I want to take the last twelve years of memories with me and keep them close to my heart. This mountain will always feel like home to me. I know you all understand because I read how the mountain has touched so many of your lives. That is what makes this mountain top so magical. It means so much to so many.
5/29/2014 04:51:14 am
Yes it does. I should've been a southern woman.
5/29/2014 05:18:30 am
Spent one night many years ago. Touched the stars early mourning. Many years of day hikes in October. It also has a special place in my memories.
Hey Debi ! If you wish, there's a short ceremony where I could swear you in as that "southern woman" !
5/29/2014 06:08:47 am
The firefly population has greatly diminished here in Central Illinois over the past few years. I can't remember the last summer when they were as numerous as you just described, Doug.
5/29/2014 11:01:40 am
Hi Doug, my wife and I will be staying at Leconte June 6th then going to Elkmont the 7th and 8th were hoping the fireflies will be at peak,we have seen them in the past and it surely is something to see, the shuttle buses run from the 4th thru the11th I think out of Sugarlands Visitor Center but worth the effort,it's all good when your in the Smokies !!!
5/29/2014 01:20:14 pm
good man Doug, good man.
5/29/2014 07:33:27 am
5/29/2014 09:09:48 am
I did a little research on the subject and found that pesticides and chemical fertilizers are the primary culprits of the decline of the Lightening Bug population, along with loss of wild habitats to breed.
5/29/2014 10:26:10 am
I agree with you Allyson about sitting at Myrtle Point and watching the clouds. It's a show that is never the same twice. Last Friday my wife and I were there for about 1.5 hours and had views go from excellent to obscured... sometimes in a matter of seconds. It's as if the clouds and mountains are trying to figure out their respective places in the landscape.
5/30/2014 03:50:41 am
Amen to the special feeling, Dwight and I were there this year on the first day and will come back one more time to say good bye in July, an up and back in one day something new for me.
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