The Grass of Parnassus is out in full force. We received word from one of the Park's plant specialists that this is a particularly great year for the amazing flowers. If you have not ever seen one in person, you should get your hiking boots and make a trip up the mountain to take a peek. They are blooming on Boulevard trail, Trillium trail, and the top of Alum Cave trail. I was also asked if the monks hoods were still in bloom. They are. I would suggest getting up here soon, I don't think they will be around much longer.
Chris and I hiked down on Sunday to meet up with Chris's sister. We brought our nieces and nephew back up the mountain for a night. It was great to get to share the mountain with our family. They had a blast running and exploring the mountain. We took them salamander hunting. That was so much fun, they had to go back and say goodbye to their little friends when they left the next morning.
John Paul Krol
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