I finally made it up the mountain yesterday. After asking for no rain for so long, the one day I would have liked some rain, the sun kept shining. It made for a hot day hiking up. If you are out hiking in this heat, make sure you have plenty of water. I was excited to see the purple gentian and one grass of parnasis was blooming on the top section of Alum Cave. These flowers are usually not in bloom until the later part of August. I did hear one day hiker say they saw a bear on the lower section of Alum Cave trail. I, however, did not see it. It feels good to be back on the top in the nice 70 degree weather. The high yesterday 73 degrees with a low of 58.
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