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Beck Family

Our family had the opportunity to hike to Mt. LeConte via the Alum Cave Bluffs trail for the second time in 4 years. It was somewhat more difficult as we were all 4 yrs. older and not as fit as the last time. However, we had a great time and it is always worth the hard work once you see the beautiful scenery the mountains have to offer and of course your final destination-the Mt. LeConte Lodge for your sack lunch. It was once again overcast and cloud covered when we arrived at the lodge, but once we had eaten our delicious lunch, the cloud cover gave way to a beautiful blue sky. We walked around the lodge grounds for a short time; some of us sit in the rockers enjoying the fantastic scenery while others went inside the gift area to purchase some T-shirts. After a brief rest, we took off up to the “Cliff Tops.” This was truly awesome and well worth the short hike. It once again revealed clouds that were thick and we had only a limited view;however, within a short time, the clouds cleared again and we were able to get some fantastic pics from this surreal destination. Hopefully next time we can spend the night at the lodge and enjoy a sunset and sunrise!

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