Already heading into the final week of June. It was a refreshingly cool and clear day on the mountain Wednesday as the forecast failed to disappoint. We’ve got another couple days just like it on tap as we push toward the weekend. Today and tomorrow will see mostly sunny skies over the Smokies with high temps getting up into the mid 60s and our overnight lows in the bottom 50s. Going to be a little breezier though with wind gusts getting up around 25mph. The Dwarf Rhododendron have been starting to bloom this last week, adding their sweet smell to the air as hikers reach the mid elevation of their hike. The Catawba Rhododendron continue to show out closer to the top. Down by one’s feet, you’ve got several small plants beginning to unfurl that should start flowering in the coming weeks. Eye-catching species like Wood Sorrel, Mountain St. John’s Wort, and Rugel’s Ragwort just to name a few.
Have a great day.