AT- Carvers Gap , Round Bald

These are great shots. Beautiful views.

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It is easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top. -Henry Ward Beecher

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Rhododendrons, Fiddle Music, The AT, and a Blue Plum

Walking out of the evergreen forest you walk through this amazing tunnel of flowers.

Walking out of the evergreen forest you walk through this amazing tunnel of flowers.

A few years ago I found out that a favorite performer of mine was going to be playing about 3 hours away on a Friday night. I promptly took the day off and headed East…way East… almost North Carolina East (TN is a long state). I went to Johnson City for the first time that I can remember and I was impressed with the beauty of the city framed by the mountains behind it. I admit that I still don’t know what a Blue Plum is or why is has a festival of it’s own, but it was a fun evening of music.

I intended to head up to the mountains the next morning and take a little hike on the Appalachian Trail, just a short day trip out and back. People that I talked with in town said ” Oh it should be so pretty up on Roan Mohntain. It’s rhododendron time up there.” It sure was pretty but I was not accustomed to hiking at 5800-6000 feet and tired out before I got all of my hike in.

I only mention all of this because the Blue Plum Festival is coming up June 6-8 this year and from what I saw last weekend the timing should be perfect to catch the rhododendron in full bloom on Roan Mountain.

If you time it just right, and catch the blooms, you will be greeted by one of the prettiest sights in the Southeast.

 

View from above Carver's Gap

View from above Carver’s Gap

Roan Mountain is in the background

Roan Mountain is in the background

And if they are not blooming yet or you are too late the view is still pretty wonderful.

The view from Round Bald

The view from Round Bald