Greetings to all of you who grace "Smokies Stories and Glories" with your presence.  I just wanted to update all of you about what's been going on.  Hiking in the Smokies for the year 2010 is complete.  My boots and I will be on hiatus for a while until early February when I'll make a brief return for some winter hikes.  I also plan on returning to work at LeConte Lodge another season starting in March.  I will also continue my quest to traverse every trail in the park.  I have fallen behind on the last two month's entries because of the many distractions and obligations I had near season's end, and now that I'm back in Michigan.  I promise you...I will get them written as soon as I can, which will probably start after New Year's.  I will also change little things here and there on the site as I see fit regarding pages and photos.  With that said, I would encourage you all to continue to enjoy the numerous photo galleries here on the site and past journal entries.  If you have any questions or comments regarding the Smokies, my past hikes, or LeConte Lodge, please feel free to contact me and I will respond as soon as I can.  I can be reached at regularly.
          Thank you all so very much for joining me on this journey throughout our beautiful Smokies.  It truly is a wonderful place that I hold very close to my heart.  I can only hope that my appreciation and experiences of the park's amazing beauty enhances those of yours.  I wish you all a safe and joyous Christmas, New Year, and winter season.  Thanks again and God bless!