Monday, July 13, 2015

Roan Mountain 2015

Sorry I've been so quiet on here, lately.

I think I've caught the summer blogger doldrums. If it wasn't for my commitment to my Wednesday Wildflower posts, I probably wouldn't have anything to write about!

Not that we haven't had much going on.

We spent a week at Roan Mountain State Park in east Tennessee so Mark could help out with their annual Junior Ranger Camp.

It translated into a paid vacation for us, so we tried to make the most of it. Especially considering it may very well be the ONLY vacation we get to take this year, what with trying to fix up the house and move in.

So here are some highlights from last week's Blue Ridge adventures......

The Great Rhododendrons (Rhododendron maximum) were in bloom

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Ian liked it up there

Our little section hiker

More hiking

The Roan Mountain overlook

A break in the clouds

Mountain Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)

The rare and endangered Gray's Lily (Lilium grayi), found only here

The cascades at our newest state park, Rocky Fork.

Pipevine and Eastern Tiger Swallowtails on the shore of the Rocky Fork


Me herding Ian away from danger, as always

Playing by the river

Rock throwing

We got an off-road tour, courtesy of the park ranger

Eastern Bergamot (Monarda bradburiana)

A hidden lake, high up on the mountain

More rock throwing

A Turk's Cap lily (Lilium superbum) - more on this guy, later! ;)

Hampton Creek Cove SNA

A questionable foot bridge

The rolling Tennessee highlands

We stopped by Seven Islands State Birding Park on our way back home

Restored grasslands

The French Broad River

My special guys

I took billions more photos, but I figured that would be enough for a blog post.

We had a really nice time, and then came right back to the start of our own Junior Ranger Camp week at our park. Busy, busy.

I suppose for a working vacation, it wasn't half bad.

I hope your summer is going well!

1 comment:

  1. Your family's adventures always make me smile! I love this pic series- what a beautiful place and a lovely family, too. :)