We were supposed to have a significant amount of rain already but we haven't seen it yet. Hopefully the rain will come in this afternoon and stay through tomorrow. If we get rain and warm temps the snow will wash out. The temperatures have reached the 40's but have dipped down to freezing at night. We're down below three feet of snow in many spots but there's still a lot of snow left.
Arch Rock In The Snow, 3-7-10
I'm going to miss these snow painted scenes. As much as I look forward to the new growth and beauty of spring I am reluctant to let go of Winter. But it's a cycle we can't stop. We have to let it go and accept change.
Spring is only 10 days away and I think everyone is ready for it! Rain is in the forecast and we need plenty of it on the mountain to wash out all this snow. The sun has melted out some of the snow but there's still a little more than three feet on top.
Panoramic View Of The Mountains From The Alum Cave Trail, 3/10
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I would like to thank Curtis Hixon for sharing this gem from the past with us. If you where fortunate enough to climb Mt. LeConte 40 years ago you could receive a Certificate Of Achievement form Herrick brown who owned and operated the Lodge at that time. What a fantastic memory for Curtis and his Family. Thanks for letting us enjoy this memory with you Curtis.
Certificate Of Achievement, circa 1970
It looks like the weather is definitely changing. There's a 50% chance of rain today and a 70% chance tomorrow. If that holds true the rain will wash out a significant amount of snow. It really hasn't been warm enough for much snow to melt. The high reached 40 but it didn't last long. The low was 29 and it's currently in the low 30's.
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. It's been a great winter. Thanks again LeConte Lodge Management for giving me the chance to be here. I wouldn't trade the deep snow for anything!
The sunshine brought a high temperature of 40 degrees to Mt. LeConte! The low was only 25. Not much more snow loss was recorded. The weather forecast gives a hope of rain to was away the deep snow on the mountain.
Clingmans Dome Viewed From the alum Cave Trail, 3/10
The sunshine brings with it the hope of spring. We all love spring. It's a time for new things and change. For me spring is a time for forgiveness and new beginnings. I hope that as the snow melts and the new growth comes on in the woods, old resentments and bad feelings and old resentments will melt and there will be new beginnings.
Clear and sunny skies take a couple more inches of snow away. There is a total of 46" of snow left on the ground. Things melted down some yesterday but froze back up again last night. The low reached 14 with a high of 25. It's currently 25 degrees with beautiful clear skies.
View Of The Alum Cave Trail, 3-6-10
This is a view of the Alum Cave Trail not far from the top. The snow is receding but is still deep. The trail is passable but is very tricky in places. The deep snow moves a lot under your feet. Be careful!
View At Sunrise, Mt. LeConte, 3-6-10
Clear and fair skies brought a beautiful sunrise this morning. What a peaceful and serene feeling to enjoy the sunrise on LeConte. The wind was calm so there was almost no sound. I knew that there was a few hikers staying up at the back country shelter. But I couldn't hear or see them from where I was taking in the sunrise. The solitude was very serene.
View towards English Mountain at Sunrise, 3-6-10
I share a lot of images of English Mountain. But that's not the real subject of this picture. Notice how the light plays off the frozen, snow covered trees along the top of the ridge. How fantastic!
The sun is finally here to stay for a few days. It's still been cold on LeConte though. It's currently 14 degrees. The high was 17 with a low of 6 degrees. The sun claimed 2 inches of snow leaving a total of 48 inches of snow on the ground. It should warm up more today. I hope you have the opportunity to get out and enjoy this sunny day.
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After a few dark and snowy days the sun is shining again on LeConte. Right at sunset the skies cleared and I could see the lights in the valley for the first time in a few days. The sunrise this morning was beautiful. With the clear skies I got to watch the moon set behind me as the sun rose ahead. It was cold this morning but should be warming up for the next few days. The low was 7 with a high of 20 degrees. It's currently 7 degrees and warming.
English Mountain At Sunrise, 3-5-10
I want to thank the Management of LeConte Lodge again for allowing me to experience this. What a fantastic view. The experience of last nights sunset and this morning's sunrise was worth all the sub zero truges through deep snow I've made this winter. Remember, I'll be here at LifeOnLeConte for another week. After that you can follow my blog about the Smokies at www.ReflectionsOfTheSmokies.com
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Moon Setting Over The Lodge, 3-5-10, Mt. LeConte
Not surprisingly another inch of snow fell overnight bringing us to a total of 51 inches of snow on the ground. It looks like this will be our deepest snow for the year. Sunshine and warmer temperatures should start melting the snow down this weekend. It's hard to tell that warmer temps are on the way! It's 11 degrees right now. the high reached 26 with a low of 9. I'll miss the quiet beauty of the snow and the dramatic sculpting of the ice.
A Frozen World On Mt. LeConte, 3-4-10