|Put on your walking shoes and go with me into the Limberlost Forest!!|
This trail is a little different from many of the trails along Skyline Drive --since it is just a short walk through the woods (with no overlooks or views). BUT--depending upon when you are there, there are LOTS of things to see and experience--including wildlife (deer, bears, rabbits, etc.).
Years ago, this area was known for its HUGE Hemlock Trees. I grew up with Hemlocks in our yard, so I've always had a special affection toward them. Most of you know that many of the Hemlocks throughout our country have been killed over the past ten+ years by an accidentally imported insect (the Hemlock wooly adelgid). Seeing the dead Hemlock trees is just SO sad for me.
When we hike, I enjoy doing some research in order to find out more about an area. Here's some history about this trail/area. Addie Pollack bought 100 of the large Hemlock trees in the area for $1000 to help preserve this land in 1920 from logging. Her husband named it the Limberlost Forest after the novel, "A Girl of the Limberlost". The Pollocks were responsible for establishing Skyland as a resort destination nearby (which is where George and I stayed recently).
Today, I'll share some of the things I observed while hiking this trail.... Hope you enjoy 'our' hike today!!!!!
|George waits patiently for me --while I stop and check out my surroundings.|
|There are beautiful (and large) ferns everywhere...|
|Deep into the forest we go... What can I see?|
|How 'bout a Centipede (OR some kind of insect)???|
|OR --this strange tree!!!! I named him Mr. Knotty!!!!|
|George is waiting on me again!!!!!!! ha ha|
|Oh My---see the pretty little Wildflowers?|
|We did see a few larger Hemlocks along our way.|
|Here's a close-up of a Hemlock --in case you don't recognize them.|
|Something is enjoying this dead tree!!!! (It's not a beaver though since there's no water nearby.)|
|Called the "Rock of Ages" --Such an interesting rock formation!!!|
|Here is a better picture of the "Rock of Ages"; Interesting, huh?|
|I love seeing all of the different mushrooms.|
|Maybe I'll just sit in the ferns for awhile!!!!|
|Or maybe I'll just enjoy seeing the deer showing no fear of our presence nearby..|
|HOPE: A Baby Hemlock!!!|
Hope you enjoyed our hike on the LIMBERLOST TRAIL today....
Happy Labor Day to ALL.