5/25/15 Today we hiked the Lower Mt Camerer Trail from Cosby Campground to Campsite 35, with a short side trip to Sutton Ridge, for a total of 7.4 miles. Although long, it was a fairly easy trail. The mountain laurel were in full bloom, and I don't think I've ever seen so many of them. It was like walking through a tunnel of flowers.
The hammock garden at the backcountry campsite. If we take a long hike, we definitely stop for a rest in the middle of the day. One tree had 3 hammocks attached to it. Gina in front, Vicky on left, and Alice on right. Mary Ann is in the background
Squaw Root. Although considered a wildflower, it is parasitic and has no chlorophyll. It's one of the first things to come out in the spring, and is an important food source for bears.
My thanks to Gina for the last 2 pictures.