Dolly Sods Wilderness: Dolly Sods North Loop Day 2 – Part 3

Continued from Day 2 Part 2 Going up the hill, the grassy meadows stretched far, dotted with spruce and other trees. The sky was overcast for most of the day and the temperature was perfect for hiking. The cloudy sky was deceptive, though, and we skipped putting on sunscreen in the morning. The result later […]

Dolly Sods Wilderness: Dolly Sods North Loop Day 2 – Part 2

Continued from Day 2 Part 1 Hiking along, we passed through some forests, but most of Dobbin Glade Trail is flat or hilly meadows with marshes. This environment means there is plenty of sun for wildflowers! In this meadow you can see lots of Goldenrod and Flat-topped White Asters. At one point we passed through […]

Dolly Sods Wilderness: Lions Head Loop Day 2 – Part 2

Continued from Day 2 Part 1 The moist forest was home to various mushrooms. Yellow Patches I believe this is a Yellow Patches, Orange Amanita, or Amanita flavoconia, mushroom. These mushrooms grow June-November and are not edible. However, it was a bit difficult to identify the mushroom for certain because it is not fully grown […]

Shenandoah National Park: Orchids of Summer

In Shenandoah National Park there are different orchids that bloom in the summer months than those from the spring. It’s always a joy to find these lovely flowers growing in the woods! Greater Purple Fringed Orchid The Greater Purple Fringed Orchid, Large Purple Fringed Orchid, or Platanthera grandiflora, is a member of the Orchid family […]