As interesting as the conversation around the breakfast table with the other guests was, our agenda was to go to the peak of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi, so we took our leave quickly and headed north.
|Oeufs Brouillés, Smoked Salmon, Mushrooms in Cream|
Our rough agenda was to meander the Parkway to Mount Mitchell, climb it, and then head down the mountain to Burnsville, grab some lunch, drop in and say hello to Neil and Kay, and then head back to Asheville for dinner. Craggy Gardens wasn't either in the picture or out of the picture, but I wanted to stop there if we had a chance, which it turned out, we absolutely did.
|One of the Reservoirs Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway|
|Walking Through the Rhododendron Thicket|
|Craggy Gardens Shelter|
|Walking the Bald Past Mounds of Catawba Rhododendrons|
|Stunted Tree, Maybe 6' Tall but Very Old|
|Catawba Rhododendrons in Full Bud, Craggy Pinnacle to Right|
|Red Trillium, Trillium erectum|
|Squirrelcorn, Dicentra canadensis|
|Northern Junco, Trilling|