|The view from our cabin|
|Clingman's Dome- some 6,600 ft above sea level. The last 1/2 mile hike feels like it's about a 20% grade.|
|The girls and an iceberg dead ahead! At the Titanic exhibit in Pigeon Forge.|
|From the aerial tram to Ober Gatlinburg.|
|One of several views as we hiked trails through the Smoky Mtn. National Park.|
|Historical references throughout several of the trail walks.|
Now we are just a couple of short weeks away from heading back to camp and there remains plenty to do in preparation. The recent word from "up north" is not as encouraging as I would like to report, but with opening week still three weeks away, there is plenty of time for things to change and if history is any indication it will. Most areas with direct sunlight in NW Ontario have melted all the snow away, shaded areas and anyplace snow was piled up still have plenty of standing snow. One report we received indicated that while the ice on the lake is very deep (36" plus) not all of it is good ice with as much as 12" of the middle layer being slush/water. As always is the case this time of year, weather conditions over the next couple of weeks will hold the key. The good news is that the temperature trend is upward for the next seven days at least and there is some rain in the forecast for the area also. Warmer temps, rain and some wind will get things to start moving fast!