Another look for blooming azaleas & rhodies
Trip Start Jun 09, 2010
14Trip End Jul 22, 2010
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Off the Cherohala Skyway, we stopped at the Hooper Bald Trailhead. Our first visit on this trip was one week ago, so we were thrilled that the rain cleared and that as we approached the 5,290 feet Hooper Bald area the azaleas and other spring flowers were in bloom! Take a look at our photos! We were so excited!
Since there had been so many changes in the past week at Hooper Bald, we decided to stop in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest before heading back to the Blue Boar Inn. During our two week stay in the mountains, we have experienced a gradual unfolding of rhododendron blooms and we were curious if the last few days of intermittent rain may have brought out more blooms. And as it turned out the answer is Yes! We guess that each year the blooming pattern is different, just as in fall foliage. We don't know if there are years where most of the rhodies are in bloom at the same time - as you have in peak fall foliage - but certainly more are in bloom today. Their white flowers peak out among all the green leaves and trees, inviting quiet visual exploration.