This is one of those mornings when you don't want to get out of bed. When it is 0º outside, it is hard to get out from under that comfy Hudson Bay Blanket. At least the sun is coming up and it is supposed to get a little warmer today. We have 4" of snow on the ground and it is covered by a nice layer of crunchy ice. Hwy 441 did open up yesterday, but as of right now, I am not sure about this morning. You can call the Park to find out about road closures at 865-436-1200. Believe it or not, we had a few families with small kids make it up just fine. Those of you hiking with kids, these kids had a blast coming up and were in good spirits when they got here. I would say each parent knows their child best, but it is doable. Just make sure you have plenty of warm layers for everyone. Give yourself plenty of time to make the hike and we will see you at the top.
John Paul Krol
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