We decided to take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy the spring explosion in the lower elevations by visiting both Porters Creek and the Cove Hardwoods Nature Trail.
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One of our first treats of the hike was this fine patch of crested dwarf irises, a favorite of both of ours.
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On the return trip we stopped by the Whaley homestead.  Upon her exploring of the spring house, Bonnie pointed out this smal crawfish.
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Several slopes were blanketed in the White Fringed Phacelia at both Porters Creek and the Chimneys Picnic Area.
 
          I figured I would take it easy today, hiking wise, mostly because of the amazing success I had in seeing wildflowers yesterday.  So a quick morning trip over to the Cove Hardwoods Nature Trail was in order.  I obviously chose the right time to be there because there were a ton of people with the big camera tripods and super extendo lenses, standing, crouching, and laying everywhere.  In between all the people I was able to enjoy the plethora of trillium, white fringed phacelia, squirrel corn, and violets that covered the slopes.  I even managed to spot a few dwarf ginseng along the way.  Well that's it for this week, the mountain is calling.
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