While waiting for Sharon to meet me in Maggie Valley I took a drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I thought I'd check out the Balsam Mountain Road which is a gravel one way road rumored to be a late spring wildflower hotspot.
Unfortunately for me I did not check the park website for closures or I would have known that it is closed until May 22nd. No matter, I parked in the lot outside the gate and walked up the paved section of road to see how far a trail head might be.
|Squirrel Corn or Spider Corn?|
After a mile and a half I still hadn't found a trailhead or the paved Balsam Mountain Road so I just enjoyed the spring wildflowers and the mountain views.
It left my legs very tired after a total of 8.5 mountain miles for the day, but who could resist the call of the mountains?
We're headed for the shore as we travel east, I wonder how if it could ever call to me the way the mountains do? Don't worry, two more mountain posts coming up first!