Mount LeConte is the peak in the background on the left.
Well, the day is finally here! It's 5:30 a.m. in the east and I'm sitting on ready, waiting for one of my hiking buddies to arrive. I'm excited, and just a tad nervous. This will be my longest hike ever, but it should be one with many rewards. I must admit, the snake and bear encounters of the last hike I was on have me a little more cautious/concerned than usual, but I'm hoping for no close encounters today. I'll be one tired puppy though by the time this hike is over, that I'm sure of.