After fording Dismal Creek, we walked along next to it and were treated to a huge display of native plants. We had lunch near a natural spring where Dan demonstrated the use of the LifeStraw. "What is that?" you might ask.
"LifeStraw is a low-tech, low-hassle personal water filter that enables the user to simply stick one end into a water source of questionable cleanliness, such as a river, and suck."
"LifeStraw represents an amazing step towards a better world, where 43% of the global population, specially with low-income and living in rural parts of the developing world, is deprived of household safe piped water."
The entire day was a wonderful weaving of fine weather, excellent companionship, a diverse array of species and a bag of ramps to take home for dinner and/or breakfast. It was also an excellent cardiovascular workout even though we only went 2.4 miles according to Dan.
Here is a list, compiled by the amazing Jean Hunnicutt with Dan Rawlins. Following that are photos taken by the equally amazing David Fann and Karen Lawrence. Enjoy! Thanks to everyone for your contributions.
|Dutchman's Breeches; Dicentra cucullaria|
|Trout Lily; Erythronium umbilicatum|
|Wake Robin; Trillium erectum|
|Bear Corn/Squaw Root; Conopholis americana|
|Blue Cohosh; Caulophyllum thalictroides|
|Large-flowered Trillium; Trillium grandiflorum|
Twisted Stalk: Streptopus roseus