2009 On the Road to Stillwater, OK travel blog

Morning Glory on the hill in front of our campsite

Butterfly on one of the campground trails

A pretty wildflower on the trail in the campground

One of the many wildflowers we saw on our hike

Another beautiful wildflower

Bull Thistle

More wildflowers

The remains of the walls of the cow barn

A blanket of wildflowers growing up the hill

Henry and Blondie take a break above the remains of the cow...

What used to the the swimming pool at Rattlesnake Lodge

Blondie takes a drink from a spring

I don't know what this is but I like it

Beth and Blondie take a break on the way back down

Henry and Blondie on the trail

A Swallotail and a bee share the same flowers

View from the Rattlesnake Lodge Hike

We watched the sunset over the mountains

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!

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