The sun rays just crest into the corner of Pilot Mountain. There is no climbing up these faces, so the lichen is free to grow.
We decided Pilot Mountain looks like a big button that someone needs to push. A nice little day hike around the base of Pilot started off our morning.
Old farm building out at Hutchinson Homestead in Stone Mountain State Park. You can get a glimpse of how farmers lived back in the 19th century. It was really neat walking through this site.
This 600 ft. granite dome forms Stone Mountain that is the centerpiece of Stone Mountain State Park, NC.
A view from the teeny-tiny overlook of Mount Jefferson. Up here you can see a lot of Ashe County, the town sits in the valley.
We pass by a buffalo farm out on our way to Mount Jefferson. It is hard to imagine that a large population of buffalo used to roam the lands here.
Old wooden fence posts wrapped with barb wire fence. The grass has grown up tall all around, better watch out for ticks. This is a quick and easy fence to put up to keep livestock from roaming around.
They are called Blue Ridge Mountains for a reason. Off in the distance you can notice the mountains appear a blue shade. Beautiful, just beautiful.
The sun is slowly setting on Grandfather Mountain. We enjoy this spectacular view from Buddy’s back porch after a nice evening and a great dinner.
A special flower that is in bloom on Buddy’s porch emits a sweet scent only in the evening time. You can just make out Grandfather Mountain in the background.
We all enjoy a pleasant evening out on Buddy’s back deck with a delicious meal he was gracious enough to prepare for us and his friend Harrison, and Sampson the chicken chasing dog.
Rocking chairs out on Buddy’s back porch look out towards Grandfather Mountain. The view was especially clear this evening.
A small falls out at Hebron Rock Colony. This is a pleasant area during the summertime to go explore and find a nice rock to sunbathe on or find a small pool to swim in.
Ant, the AMAZING tightrope walker, using his balancing skill to make it up this rather large and stable log.
Rocks spread out to form whatever path you want to make for yourself up Hebron Rock Colony. Along the way you run into the water running down the rocks, another obstacle on your path.
Carolyn doing some rock hopping out at Hebron Rock Colony, a summer time staple in Boone.
Ant doing some extreme rock hopping out at Hebron Rock Colony. Look at him ‘whoosh’ through the air!
The suns shines up on a white rhododendron bloom out at Hebron Rock Colony. The rhodos were in bloom all over.
The sun streams through the leaves in the forest out at Hebron Rock Colony. The sun was hot and the shade was cool on this adventure.
Daniel, the grillmaster, making sure everything is going well under the hood of the grill. Thanks Daniel for our awesome meal.
A view from Howard’s Knob looks down into the valley of Boone were Appalachian State University is located. The campus is nestled down in the mountains creating a unique campus environment and an awesome school experience.
The weather cooperated today and made for an awesome Sunday to be out on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and especially in front of Julian Price Lake, or Price Lake for short.
A look down onto the boardwalk and an overlook from the Rough Ridge Trail off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The bridge that begins the hike up Rough Ridge. Rough Ridge is a nice little hike off the Parkway that leads to expansive views of the Viaduct, Grandmother Mountain, and the back of Grandfather Mountain.
Daniel fly fishing during the morning hours in Winkler’s Creek. He abides by the catch and release program.
Rhododendron are in bloom along the bank of Winkler’s Creek. Daniel and Freg did some early morning catch and release in the creek.
At higher elevations we begin seeing conifer trees at the tops of the mountain range. Three little clouds seem to be making their way over the range as well.
A tree has taken root and grown through a rock wall. It just goes to show how adaptable and hardy nature can be.
A view of the Blue Ridge Parkway cutting through the mountain range. The Parkway offers spectacular views on pull-offs and small hikes throughout.
A view looking down from the Pinnacle Trial near Craggy Gardens off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.