We had a great time. The weather was perfect and the climb was challenging but tolerable. The fact that I could still talk while I was walking was a miracle. Except for the occasional need for a very deep breath, I did okay on the climb. Joyce exercises much more than I do- for her it was a breeze.
Here are a few photos of the trip. The first is Joyce taking a picture of the diamorpha that is in bloom. It's everywhere and just amazing.
J brought her GPS and the coordinates for a geocache box. Guess who found it? Me! My very first one! It was a thrill. Now I want a GPS and the location of geocache sites so I can find more. :)
Inside the box were a few toys, a log book and pencil, and a little information about the mountain area. Very cool.
Beautiful Carolina Jessamine.
A hawk lazily floats the skies.
Imagine the effort it took for the water and wind to create this.
Diamorpha creeping up the mountain.
The view from the top. Ah.
Diamorpha up close and personal. It is the sweetest little flower, don't you think?
I actually did get some exercise in spite of all of the photos I was able to take. The trip took two hours total, including travel to and from the mountain and they were two of the best hours I've spent doing something for me in a long time! If you get the chance, go visit a state park near you. I think you'll be happy you did!