Hiking in the
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– October 3 – Several of us hiked up to Spence Field via
Lead Cove and
Tennessee has had very little rain for the past 5 months,
and it was evident on the hike with all the rhododendrons curled and drooping
(see photo), and the ground dusty and dry. It was a sunny, warm day when we
started out, but by the time we hiked the 4.7 miles up to the
Now, there was just one spot between the grown up trees where we could see the lake. The foliage was just beginning to turn, and we saw some beautiful reds on the sourwood and red maples trees.
We also saw purple swallowtails everywhere, and their brilliant turquoise spots on the underside of their wings were beautiful as they reflected the light.
They seemed to be attracted to the goldenrod.
After we had lunch and relaxed on the bald, we hiked over to see the new renovated Spence Field shelter on the AT. The addition of skylights and seating areas outside have greatly improved the shelters, and hopefully made them less attractive to visiting bears.