This has gorgeous views for minimal effort. It felt great to be back in the mountains! Here are some photos from this short hike - towards the end, there is a picture of something I've never seen on a hike before.
Rhododendron in Team in Training colors! Very appropriate, since I would be meeting the TNT Virginia cycle team the next day and cheering them on in the 100 mile Fletcher Flyer race. The next three shots show views from the top:
Aren't the Blue Ridge Mountains gorgeous?
Here is a shot of me with my turtle hiking staff that my sister gave me for my birthday a couple of years ago.
Looking north up the Blue Ridge Parkway from the top, it looked like a storm coming in.
View of the mountains from the lower overlook.
Close up of rhododendron bloom - so pretty!
The trail at times resembled a tunnel
This twisted tree made a nice "picture frame" for a large rock in the background
On my hikes through the hills I’ve trekked many a mile
Seen lots of wonderful things, and this one made me smile
For I’d never before seen a pretty bride-yet-to-be
Dressed in her white gown sitting high in a tree
View of Craggy Dome (elevation 6,085) from the trailhead parking lot (elevation 5,640)