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Monday, May 23, 2016

Morning Walk on the Ledge Springs Trail, Pilot Mountain State Park

Gee, a gal could get used to this traveling separately during the day deal!  I was up and out the door of the fifth wheel about the time the men were just thinking about getting out of bed on Saturday morning so I jumped in my car and headed an hour north of Greensboro to Pilot Mountain State Park.

Wayne and I had stopped at Pilot Mountain in 2012 on our previous attempt to make it to the North Carolina coast and taken a quick walk around the summit.  I pretty much had the same thing in mind this morning, just a quick walk to stretch my legs before a long day in the car.

Mountain Laurel - Kalmia latifolia

The lady in the visitor center didn't know if anything was blooming and had no suggestions for a hike.  When I got to the summit I discovered Mountain Laurel blooming all up and down the road, and even a few on the Jomeokee Trail as well. Kalmia latifolia is notable for its unusual method of dispensing its pollen. As the flower grows, the filaments of its stamens are bent and brought into tension. When an insect lands on the flower, the tension is released, catapulting the pollen forcefully onto the insect

A few rhododendron found their way onto the mountainside too, but the lichen were so profuse that it was hard to look anywhere without seeing them!

From the Jomeokee Trail I hopped onto the Ledge Springs Trail to enjoy the rocky path at the base of the cliffs of the pinnacle.  The morning fog might have prevented views from the summit, but it added to my enjoyment of the woods.

I only walked about 1/2 mile and then just turned around and headed back to the parking lot.  The trail was so beautiful that an hour had slipped away from me and I had over 300 miles of road to conquer that day!  It was so much nicer to start the day with an hour of road already behind me and my walking and creative needs met without being rushed by Let's-Get-On-The-Road-Now-Hubby. Though he has admitted that taking long breaks since the cats are in the truck with him has been pleasant for him too.  Perhaps I'll have him converted soon!

Here's the one minute movie, you'll see why I was so captivated!


  1. Looks like you did the right thing going off early like that. Love the mist in the woods

  2. The Mountain Laurel are so beautiful!! It seems like the woman at the VC should have had a little more info. Glad you found splendor on your own:) The fog is the video!

  3. Pretty flowers - especially the laurel. All that fog reminds me of the forests here in the PNW. Especially the rainy hike I took on Saturday...

  4. Very effective video, and an interesting cliff!

  5. Fog, birds singing, gorgeous mountain laurel. It just doesn't get any better.

  6. Fog, birds singing, gorgeous mountain laurel. It just doesn't get any better.

  7. Very nice walk in the fog with the singing birds. Such a great area and mountain laurel.

  8. Wonderfully serene photos! Looks blessedly cool (it's warm and humid where we are in Iowa now).