We woke up to fog over the mountains but no rain. I saw some pretty wildflowers on my morning walk with Blondie on the trails in the campground. The fog quickly cleared so we packed a lunch and went for a hike on the Rattlesnake Lodge Trail. It was a 1.4 mile gradual climb from Ox Creek Road. Wildflowers were blooming all along the well maintained trail. We hiked to the ruins of Rattlesnake Lodge which was built in the early 1900's and which burned in 1926. After our hike we went for a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Craggy Gardens. We passed through several tunnels along the way and a couple of construction zones where much needed repairs are being made.
We enjoyed watching a beautiful sunset over the mountains after dinner. What a great way to start our trip!