Friday, October 4, 2013

Peaks of Otter

The view of Sharp Top Mountain from our hotel room at Peaks of Otter
A few weeks ago, we took advantage of the beautiful early Fall weather and spent the weekend at Peaks of Otter lodge.  The lodge is in the shadow of Sharp Top Mountain.  This was considered to be the highest point in Virginia until GPS was developed.  It is a short, but very steep climb to the top.  In addition to the gorgeous views, there were many native plants blooming.
Peaks of Otter Lodge from the top of Sharp Top Mountain
Boneset (Eupatorium)

Golden Rod (Solidago)
Witchhazel (Hamamelis)
White Wood Aster (Aster divaricatus)
Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) Check out this great LGBG blog post about uses of jewelweed.
Lichens on a boulder

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