That said...my days of spending six hours driving to enjoy eight hours of hiking are over. The stress of driving that far in one day, coupled with walking around the forests and ridges are just too much for this old man. After we got home I ended up sleeping for over ten hours. No more of that. Next time we go somewhere like that we're going to have to make it a two-day trip.
If you live here in the South and you've never been to southwestern Virginia, you have missed a tremendous amount of beauty. Carole and I have been vacationing there off and on for decades and we still have many, many places there to see. We're headed back in late August, so we'll be able to chisel off a few more of these spots on our way to exhausting the list.
This trip, however, was to scope out some good places to park our travel trailer for our vacation in August. Carole will spend the days at camp while I got wandering around the high country and in search of waterfalls (the area is packed with waterfalls, most of them on no published list that I have ever seen).
Here, then, are some photos from our day trip.
|The high, open country is the main reason people flock to this recreation area. Because of this, the high meadows can actually get crowded with humans. Rubbing elbows with people is not why I go to the wild places.|
|Carole in the summit of one of the Pinnacles in Grayson Highlands State Park.|
|Oh, my Appalachian high country!|
|Hardwood forests trying to recover from the rape of timber companies.|
|Fiddleheads! Edible, but I've never tried them.|
|Carpet of wildflowers on a high ridge.|
|A typical Appalachian stream.|
|In a few more weeks these rhododendron blossoms will be truly gorgeous.|