I opted for the high-elevation section of the Bartram Trail in NC from Osage Mountain Overlook to Whiterock Mountain (4480 feet). The flowers were gorgeous and blueberries were ripe, just like last year.
|Phlox and white bergamot.|
After that, I flew up the trail, making it past Jones Knob all the way to Whiterock Mountain, much further than I did back in January. Oh the benefits of summer-weight gear and longer daylengths.
|My stealth site near Whiterock Mountain was well away from the fragile mountaintop plant community.|
|Going barefoot on the rocks to air out my water-logged feet.|
|On Jones Knob.|
Not sure what changes I'll make next, or if I'll ever get below the magic 10 lb cutoff, but I sure had an enjoyable trip.