Spotted Mandarin blooms aka Fairy Bells
Our Walks & Drives
Lately we've been sticking around home more and getting out for short walks and drives.
Kenny's back is recovering and he is building up his strength. We're busy trying to show Gabriel the beauty of the world. We're also trying to help him come to tolerate longer travel
in the confines of a vehicle. He has his Nanny's disposition. Springs in his butt and can't sit still. He comes by it honest. I do not like car trips. Hyper hypo!
I can't write up individual trip reports for things that may last 30 minutes or so.
I figured I'd roll them into one and make an entry to include these mini trips in my blog.
While they are short they are usually lovely and some are funny.
Cades Cove to Rich Mountain
Today we drove to Cades Cove, did not go fully around the loop, but turned off onto Rich Mountain Road. We came out in Townsend. We pretty much had it to ourselves!
Above a pair of yellow lady slippers we ran across in out travels.
Below is a view of Dry Valley viewed from Rich Mountain Road.
We found a profusion of Sweet White trillium blooming on the slopes along Rich Mtn Road.
Large flowered bellwort
Catesbys trillium blooming beside a stream
We picked enough morels to fry up a mess this year!
Pretty stream on Rich Mountain
I stopped near this meadow in Dry Valley. There is a spot where these yellow trilliums, blue phlox, and two shades of dwarf larkspur all bloom together!
Mayapple blossom in Dry Valley
Schoolhouse Gap Evening Stroller Disaster!
We kept the walk short on account of his aggravation level. We made it to the top of the hill and turned around to head back. I was pushing now and trying to be more careful.
Maiden hair ferns on the banks.
Stream lined with ferns and mountain laurel. The photo shows how misty the evening was getting. Thunder started to rumble so we knew we'd best hurry up. Now Gabriel was hacked off again at the bumping his head and rattling him around in that stroller. This was a bad idea. We made it back to the jeep just in time! We put Gabriel in the vehicle before the rain began pouring down. Kenny and I were trying our best to get that stroller collapsed and back in the jeep. It was not collapsing. We had forgotten how to make it fold up. It is awful being old and dumb about baby stuff. We have forgotten everything we ever knew about raising kids and the paraphernalia it takes to wrangle them. Kenny was really getting ticked off. We are getting drenched to the skin trying to figure this out. Finally he gave up in frustration and got in the jeep. I took over and tried a different attack. It folded right up. If I had to collapse that stroller right this minute... (It was six weeks ago that I last folded it up) I couldn't remember how to do it if my life depended upon it! Once we got in the car we burst out laughing at ourselves. This is why you have kids when you are YOUNG! Poor Gabriel. We won't be repeating that stunt anyways soon.