|Blue Ridge Overlook with a view of the Priest and Three Ridges|
|Following the red blazed Perimeter Trail|
Tuesday hikers Scott Davis, John Brandt, Dave Borszich, and Marit Anderson (leader) met up at Wintergreen Resort to hike the Perimeter Trail on the east side with legs on the Pond Hollow Trail, Fortunes Ridge Trail, Brimstone Trail, and Blackrock Trail. As folks can attest - these trails are not easy, but rocky, steep, and arduous. We only managed a 1.2 mph rate with 1,500 ft elevation change. Purple was the color of the day with Catawba rhododendron, spiderwort, and phlox in bloom, as well as rose azalea and mountain laurel.
A waterfall along the Brimstone Trail provided a respite for snacks and cookies, and lunch was perched on The Plunge rock lookout. After five hours of hiking we decided to stay with the original plan and hike out at the shuttle car...not needing to add any more miles to our 5.3 mile total. Instead we enjoyed refreshments on Marit's current back porch on Fortunes Ridge. Quite a nice day...and hopefully we had no ticks or poison ivy after our trek!
|Scott, John, and Dave|
|The Plunge lookout looking southward|
|Plox and spiderwort were pretty in purple|
|Relaxing on the back porch|