Yesterday I had to travel to Marshall, N.C. to pay my debt to society. It seems that Madison County has very little means of support other than speed traps, so I can understand how the county leaders felt it was so important for me to travel there, rather than just mail a check.
So what better way to soothe the pain than to go hiking?
I headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway, where I intended to knock off two or three of the South Beyond 6000 peaks. But as I arrived it began to rain, so I chose a shorter hike, a 6.5 mile trip along the Mountains to Sea Trail to Blackstock Knob (elevation 6,330 feet).
Along the way in several spots there was an amazing abundance of ferns.
More photos here.