It took some time and effort, but the sunshine finally seized the day and has been warming up the mountain all afternoon. Yesterday's high temp was 58 degrees, accompanied by a low of 46. The occasional drizzles accounted for only 0.13" of rainfall. Currently we're enjoying the sunny rays in the lower 60's.
We're continuing to see more day hiker traffic, now that schools in this region have begun to dismiss their students and families are tackling their summer vacations. Expect more congestion on the trails and especially at each of our trail's parking lots. Be sure and get there early to secure a decent parking space.
Catawba Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel continue to make the climb up the mountainside. Soon, this famous mountain will be bursting with beauty. Get out and enjoy it if you can! Special thanks to Bonnie for providing today's images from the trail!