TOPIC: A Parkway Ride
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Date: Sun, Nov 2 2008 2:13 pm
From: James Parton
Saturday turned out to be a wonderful day to get out so I invited
the Tench family who are close friends of mine to go up on the
parkway and see the fall colors.
Lolet and American Chestnut
I was hoping for a hike but we did
not make it to that, but we found the colors to be really good below
3000 feet or so but once you make it up higher in the mountains the
colors fade fast. I was hoping to find some colorful Mountain Ash
trees and of course my beloved chestnut.
We found some Mountain Ash
trees near Black Balsam rd which still had the brilliantly red
berries still on them but the leaves had already fell. Before
reaching this far we stopped to take a few photos and I found a few
small chestnut trees mixed in with Chestnut Oaks. I thought I had
found another sizeable American Chestnut but a Chestnut Oak grew up
right beside the chestnut momentarily confusing me. Oh, well.
Tree Rock Fusion
The parkway had some snow in shady places on the ground and ice on
the rocks at altitudes above 5000 feet.
The ride down by Lake Logan was nice too, the lake was at full level
after being severely low over the summer due to the drought.
Check out the pics!