It's safe to say that one of the most beautiful places on earth right now is the top of Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Located at an elevation of 6400 feet, well over a foot of snow has already fallen on the mountain top, and it's still coming down.
Allyson Virden, one of the caretakers of the LeConte Lodge, maintains a blog where she is posting pictures and updates.
On Tuesday morning, she posted that they have measured 17 inches of snow so far, with drifts of 4 feet and higher. The temperature is 17 degrees. She says they have 15 guests who made it up the mountain to them. She reminds hikers not to venture out without the proper equipment and training.
She also writes, "I want to start off by saying the crew on Mt. LeConte sends their prayers to the north east United States. We know that while we get to enjoy the beauty of what hurricane Sandy delivered to us, there are so many people and communities who are suffering at the moment. We want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Peace to you."