"Cabins at Dawn"
by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
...High on the mountain overlooking Mt LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of Tennessee, this cabin community was captured at sunrise. This mountaintop spot is only accessible by hiking up from the Appalachian Trail onto the Boulevard Trail................
Mount Le Conte lies in the Appalachian Blue Ridge geologic and physiographic province. It is made up of Late Proterozoic rocks; mostly metamorphosed sandstone, siltstone, shale, and conglomerate formed over 800450 million years ago. Millions of years of weathering has caused significant erosion, giving the mountains in the region, including Le Conte, a distinctive, gentle sloping feature. A dense stand of Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest, a remnant of the last Ice Age, coats the mountain's peaks and upper slopes.
Mount Le Conte has a climate similar to that of Southern Canada, giving it cool summers, and cold, snowy winters. Annual snowfall averages 39.43 inches near the base to 71.82 inches on the highest peak. The climate is much cooler and somewhat wetter than the lower elevations. The lowest temperature ever recorded was -32F, on January 13, 1986. The highest temperature ever recorded at the lodge was 96F, on July 2, 2012. (Note: source data verification may be required of this chart, as highest recorded temperature was 81.5F by NOAA coop volunteers/lodge staff employees)
December 21st, 2012
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