|Crossing one of the many bridges over the Neuse River on the Neuse River Greenway|
|Johnny Massey leading the way down a Neuse River Greenway Trail|
|The winding Neuse River Greenway|
|A garden variety of Coneflower (Echinacea spp.) - this beauty amongst others was found in the Anderson Point Garden just off the Greenway|
|Thistle (Cirsium) - these sat in tall clumps just outside the garden, in an area that looked like garden-gone-wild, a place that had long been left to go back to nature.|
|The butterfly benches of the greenway...these were followed by a bridge adorned with large colorful fish made by the local elementary, middle school, and high school students. Every town needs a space as lovely as this.|
|Carlene, Johnny, and Zooey|
|The 26-mile Falls Lake|
|One of the older signs for the MST on the Falls Lake Trail. All along the trail, were white circular blazes painted prominently on trees. At road crossings, I saw kiosks and waist-high announcing that the MST is this way!|
And not only did I hit trail, but as you can see...blazes and signage for the MST. This should help in my getting lost! I felt like a true hiker again as I hiked the small ascents and descents and wound my way along the lake. No need for sunglasses, plenty of leafy places to take a break, mica-rich muddy soil, and lots of woodland plants to photograph...I have hit the Piedmont, folks!
|The Falls Lake Trail|
|Golden Star (Chrysogonum virginianum) - a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae). This flower grows low to the ground with a downy stem and opposite toothed leaves.|
Then I stumbled upon these and I was a little confused....
|These flowers were sadly not for the nibbling! Notice the sign at the base of the vase reads: "DO NOT EAT".|
Thank you John and Robin! Not only for the lovely place to stay and company but the slack-pack today and bagels and cream cheese for the morning!
|John French - it is a shame Robin is not in the photo, but being the incredible photographer that she is, I imagine she was off taking her own pictures somewhere amongst the flowers!|
This weekend is also the beginning of the, A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains to Sea Trail, events. See post: http://thebotanicalhiker.blogspot.com/2014/06/upcoming-book-events.html for details on when and where. I'm looking forward to seeing y'all out there!