|Little Brown Jug|
People in the know flock to White Oak Sinks in the spring for the wildflower display. Since the spring wildflowers peak only briefly, we wanted to get there as soon as possible. Gene, myself, nor Sharon are fond of crowds on the trail, so we made our plan to be at the trailhead just after sunrise on Wednesday, hopefully ahead of one of the largest hiking clubs in the area.
|Wild geranium a little droopy from the rain.|
|Yellow Lady Slipper|
Sharon is very familiar with White Oak Sinks and was our guide for the hike. She knew just which of these trails to follow to find the yellow lady slipper and which to find the wild ginger. Gene brought along the wildflower book so we didn’t have to rely on our memories to identify the flowers we saw.
|Phlox all over the floor of the sink|
For our break, we made our way back to a pretty little waterfall. Apparently, the falls has never been named. What little information I could find indicates that this falls drops into a cave and eventually emerges some 3 miles northwest of White Oak Sink in the Tuckaleechee Caverns area. Not sure about the accuracy of that information. True or not, it was a lovely spot for a break.
|Smokies are sorta famous for their salamanders|
That’s it for today. Thanks for tagging along.