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Old Aug 11, 2010, 6:59 PM   #1
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Default Another Trip up Roan Mt

Have had the pleasure of sharing some fine local hikes with several family members visiting for the past week or so. One was up Roan Mt to Grassy Ridge. This is a great hike at any time of year, but especially nice now - with temperatures about 15 degrees cooler up on the mt!
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Old Aug 11, 2010, 7:01 PM   #2
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Lots of late-season bloom up on the roan, including an endemic Goldenrod, some White Snakeroot, and some White Wood Asters.
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Old Aug 11, 2010, 7:03 PM   #3
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Mountain Angelica is beginning to set seed up on the Roan, although some are still blooming. As a member of the Carrot family, Angelica is also a host for Black Swallowtail caterpillars.
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Old Aug 11, 2010, 7:03 PM   #4
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Beautiful Mole. #1 tells quite the story! I'm going to have to visit your way sometime to see this beautiful scenery for myself.
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Once again, one of our dogs tried to eat a toad! Toad was rescued, and posed nicely...
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We found several flies that had been "attacked" by a fungus - it causes the fly to stick to a leaf, swell up, and then exude spores. Makes me very glad we aren't flies!!
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Roan has some fascinating geology, and we were glad to have our family geologist along to help us understand the complexity of these metamorphic rocks!
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It was a fairly clear day - some haze from distant towns, but still great views across the grassy balds.
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This was one of many hikes we enjoyed this past week. Will post a few photos of some others soon.

Thanks for any comments/critique/suggestions!
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Ha-ha I can just imagine those dogs trying to eat the toad !

I also agree that #1 is a fascinating shot that tells a story. Those dogs must love the walk, the new sights and smells.
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