Friday, September 18, 2015

Feels Like Fall

This past Sunday we hiked the Boone Fork Loop Hike, up at the Julian Price Park, on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We had a bit of a late start for us but it was such a nice crisp day it was beautiful!  Perfect hiking weather.  This is a 5 mile loop, with some scrambles over rocks and across creeks but I loved this hike.  Not real strenuous, and just wonderfully interesting as you hike along the creeks and through the woods. We hiked along the water most of the hike so that was always beautiful with small cascades here and there.  At one point the forest hike opened up onto a beautiful meadow of wildflowers.  So there was goldenrod all around.  Just beautiful.  Coming out of the hike the park had FILLED UP.  I guess everyone decided it was a perfect day for a picnic, and it was.  The parking lot was FULL, the picnic tables were full, there were kids playing and walking dogs.  It was nice.  At that point we all decided to go to Coyote Kitchen for lunch, and it was delicious as usual.  Another wonderful day with my favorite people.

 The only picture of my boys.  They generally jump up ahead of Jackson and I. So I caught them at the end, chilling in the car, waiting for us to finish.  

I just loved this spot, you can see all the roots knotted up and leading up to this rock wall.  LOVE IT.

This picture does not do the meadow justice.  You can't see the wildflowers well, and the grass and flowers were about waist high.  But you can see how the trail comes out of the woods and opens up so beautifully.

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