Appalachian Trail - Albert Mtn.- NC

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.

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