It’s turning out to be a beautiful day on the mountain. What once began in and under clouds with occasional mists has slowly given way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Aside from the light breezes passing overhead, temps in the mid 50s feel quite pleasant in the calm. Today marks one full week into the new season, and it’s been enjoyable to see our crew learn and grow in their roles, especially as they continue to be excited about meeting and serving our numerous guests.
It looks like we have some cloudier conditions slated for Tuesday, with temps eventually dipping back down toward freezing as the day progresses. Thankfully any ice that was still lingering from The Great Ground Freeze of March 2023 on Mt. LeConte has – for the most part – disappeared. What stubbornly frozen water remains on this mountain top is very likely under the occasionally flipped rock in a densely shaded area still clinging to a solid and chilly state. Perhaps more importantly, the ice cubes closer in similarity to what brought down the Titanic than those for sipping on savory beverages have at long last vanished from our water tanks and lines. Warmth and sunshine means happy water heaters, happy spigots, happy solar panels, happy crew, happy llamas, and happy hikers! This close to April, more spring please…
Have a great rest of the day.