Ron, Neena, Judy, and I went on a short 2 mile hike yesterday at Frozen Head, a Tennessee State Park only about 10 miles from where Judy and I live. It is up in “God’s Country”, otherwise known as
Anyway, on the way you have to pass a lot of county buildings and the Morgan County Correctional Complex. We always wave at the prisoners sitting outside smoking, just in case one escapes. That way we at least appeared friendly!
One facility is the county road crew garage, and outside, just for Bruno, was this 1918 Caterpillar road grader. I thought he might like to see it, so we stopped and snapped off a few rounds.
On into the park, about a mile and half further on up the beautiful valley, we disembarked and started our search for wildflowers. We had gone only a hundred yards when a doe signaled us with her white flag and snorted her way off further ahead.
We love this time of year when wildflowers begin poking their heads above the leaves. You never know what you will find and it’s like a big treasure hunt. Sometimes you are surprised at the rare ones you find (like the pink geranium [left] and blue violet [right] and the bloodroot [top]); other times you just enjoy the walk.
One my favorites, the Bloodroot, made the trip worthwhile! You can see more at FLICKR, where you can see them supersized!
It seems the little “fiddle head ferns” are the first things to greet spring, and these were lovely. Did you know you can fry them up and eat them!? Tasty too!
Hey Lin…notice that our rocks have moss on them!