I finally found some ghost pipe flowers. The ones that I normally see in the flat section at the top of Alum Cave trail are finally out. I know some of you said you have seen them there over the past couple of weeks. That is pretty late for them. This mountain is ever changing. What is true for one year will change the next. Chris and I were discussing the lack of butterflies this year. We have seen a few, but not near the numbers we are used to seeing. I have not seen any swallowtails or monarchs this season. It makes you wonder what conditions have changed that make them go somewhere else. If you pay attention to the small things around the mountain, you are forever learning. We are currently socked in. The high yesterday was 66º with a low of 53º. The day started out beautiful and later turned to dense fog.
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