More hikes are just around the corner! Next week I’ll be in the Greenbrier area with plans to get a few more trails under my belt before the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. Possibilities include Ramsay Cascades, Brushy Mountain, Rainbow Falls/Bull Head and Porters Creek. This time I’ll be able to “report” the trail experience in a more timely fashion, as I now have my daughter’s old MacBook. Each evening I can recount the day fresh off the trail – well, maybe after a shower and some dinner! I can hardly wait to plunge once more into the heart of this magnificent park and be surrounded by its beauty and serenity.
I’m also looking forward to the five-day Pilgrimage and its impressive list of walks and activities. Many great friendships have developed from my seven year association with this event in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some hard work is involved, but it is always lots of fun!! Plus, each year I pick up a little more general understanding and specific plant knowledge of the Smokies. I’ll help lead hikes on Ash Hopper, Cucumber Gap, Quiet Walkway, and Porters Creek this year. These trails are easy and offer lovely spots for spring wildflowers, rushing mountain streams, and wooded seclusion without trekking deep into the park.
Twelve days of glorious mountains ahead…and it will pass all too quickly! Look for the first trail account the middle of next week.