September 16, 2003
|HIKERS - John Bellamy, Jack Jacobi, Steve Jordan, Wayne Miller, Rick Porter-Whitmire, Bob Presley, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Jack Slaton, Bob Thompson, and David Whitaker.|
TRAIL INFO. - Trail access - Rock Gap in the Standing Indian area west of Franklin, NC.
Another beautiful hiking day! Partly Cloudy - temperature ranged from 60-70 degrees F. Hiking distance 10 miles.
Wildflowers viewed - Clintonia, Gentian, White Snakeroot, Wood Asters, Heart-leafed Asters, other asters, Goldernrods, Star Flowers, Southern Harebells, Joe Pye Weed Heal All, Phlox, Golden Glo Sunflowers.
Fauna identified - Ruffed Grouse, Great Horned Owl, kettle of Broad-winged Hawks, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jays, Solitary Vireo, and White-breasted Nuthatch.
Our group preparing to start the hike from Rock Gap.
This section of the Appalachian is well-marked.
The trail sign near Albert Mountain.
The view from Albert Mountain is magnificent!
Looking down from the steps
of the Albert Mountain tower.
Blue-bead Lily (Clintonia) near Albert Mtn.
Our group on the trail today. Front (l-r)Rick Porter-Whitmire,
Jack Jacobi, Doug Russell.
Back (l-r) Steve Jordan, Dan Ross, Bob Thompson, Wayne Miller,
John Bellamy, Jack Slaton, Bob Presley, and David Whitaker.