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July 2009

Abby, Jackson, and Ron Metcalfe made their 8th, 5th, and 16th hikes to Mt. LeConte to spend the night at LeConte Lodge on July 27-28, 2009.

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The llamas were just as curious of us as we were of them.
The llamas were just as curious of us as we were of them.
Needed:  Llama dental work.
Needed: Llama dental work.
I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.
I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.
Llama-dama-ding-dong.  That was Abby's remark to the llamas at LeConte Lodge.
Llama-dama-ding-dong. That was Abby's remark to the llamas at LeConte Lodge.
The padded feet of the llamas are much easier on the trail than horses or, perhaps, even humans.
The padded feet of the llamas are much easier on the trail than horses or, perhaps, even humans.
Now, that's the best idea I've seen all day.
Now, that's the best idea I've seen all day.
Abby signing the guest registry at LeConte Lodge, her 8th hike up the mountain, at age 11.
Abby signing the guest registry at LeConte Lodge, her 8th hike up the mountain, at age 11.
Jackson adding his name to the log, completing his 5th hike to LeConte Lodge, at age 8.
Jackson adding his name to the log, completing his 5th hike to LeConte Lodge, at age 8.
And the Metcalfe's have arrived.
And the Metcalfe's have arrived.
Abby peaking around the corner of our cabin, #5.
Abby peaking around the corner of our cabin, #5.
Jackson checking out the top bunk of our cabin at LeConte Lodge.
Jackson checking out the top bunk of our cabin at LeConte Lodge.
Abby trying out a bed and the Hudson Bay blanket at LeConte Lodge.
Abby trying out a bed and the Hudson Bay blanket at LeConte Lodge.
Jackson rocking and Abby watching from the window of our cabin.
Jackson rocking and Abby watching from the window of our cabin.
Heading to the dining hall for some hot chocolate, coffee, or lemonade (a new addition for 2009).
Heading to the dining hall for some hot chocolate, coffee, or lemonade (a new addition for 2009).
Abby and Jackson on the back porch of the dining hall watching the llamas.
Abby and Jackson on the back porch of the dining hall watching the llamas.
The clouds would part occasionally, revealing beautiful blue skies.  But they would close back in as quickly as they parted.
The clouds would part occasionally, revealing beautiful blue skies. But they would close back in as quickly as they parted.
A picture for a lifetime, Abby and Jackson at LeConte Lodge.
A picture for a lifetime, Abby and Jackson at LeConte Lodge.
Clouds continued to blow across camp all day.
Clouds continued to blow across camp all day.
And the clouds obscured any view into the Tennessee valley.
And the clouds obscured any view into the Tennessee valley.
Sixty-one degrees, the high for the day.
Sixty-one degrees, the high for the day.
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