One day this past week was forecast to be beautiful and completely rain free, so Wes and I decided to head out to explore more of the surrounding area and do some hiking. The forecasters were spot on, and it was a gorgeous day with abundant azure blue skies and lots of sunshine! Walking shoes on and hiking sticks in hand, we started up a new trail which is always exciting to me. After passing through a dense tunnel of lush green Mountain Laurel, we found a split in the trail, with a sign that read “cave” pointing to one direction. Of course we took the side trip and were delighted to come upon a large rock wall, with a cave entrance in the one side. Even better was the fact that a lovely clear stream flowed right down to the cave entrance.
There were several Tall Phlox blooming alongside the stream, as well as other native wildflowers. The cave is closed due to the white-nosed syndrome with bats, so after exploring a little around the outside area, we walked the short distance to where we met back up with the main hiking trail. As we climbed in altitude, the wildflowers scattered about became more abundant, and in several areas there were more Rue Anemone than I had remembered ever seeing anywhere in past spring hikes.It was beautiful, with their delicate white petals covering the forest floor.
Our destination for the day was to see a bunch of BIG rocks, supposedly the size of houses, and we had only seen smaller ones thus far after hiking quite awhile. We had hoped to make it to the rocks to eat lunch, but alas it was farther than we had anticipated, so we found a nice rock that served as a great picnic spot, whilst offering us a good view.
We decided to just keep going, because I especially wanted to see the group of building-sized rocks. After hiking quite some time, we saw what looked like a big rock wall off in the distance, and growing closer to them, we decided we had made it and that this must be them!
I was thrilled to say the least, as I walked up to the huge rocks, feeling as if I had entered somewhere truly special, whilst standing amongst these ancient giants! They were indeed the size of houses, and some as tall as two to three story houses!
Meandering through the narrow tunnels leading between the rocks, we spotted a set of steps leading up between two rock walls.
It was somewhat of a tight squeeze, and reminded me of a section called “fat man squeeze” that we had encountered on one of our past hikes. Standing at the bottom of the steps and peering upwards, the gargantuan rocks seems to go up forever, and I couldn’t stop saying “Wow!”
Once at the top, we enjoyed a totally different perspective of the big rocks, whilst looking down.
Some of them looked like monster-sized stone dominoes, with a couple having gotten knocked over, while others looked like compressed stacks of large stones. Many were covered with a variety of lichens and mosses which were all very bright green and lush after recent rain. Ferns grew in precarious places, appearing to be clinging on for dear life, lest they plummet to the depths below.
Leaving that jumble of huge rocks, we hiked on and were delighted to see a sign reading “overlook”. Immediately we took the turn and soon reached the edge of the forest, where we walked out onto a massive rock outcropping! The view was amazing, and I found myself saying “WOW!” numerous times over once again, as we explored the stone platform.
The top of it was covered with multiple pools of water, and reminded me very much of Enchanted Rock In Texas, one of my favorite places!
Of course I had to peer down into each pool whilst searching for any living things. While I didn’t see any, I found the coloration of the rock in some of the pools absolutely beautiful!
A couple of the pools were filled with numerous white rose petals floating about, obviously brought there and scattered about by some hopeful romantic. They added to the already magical feel of this enchanting place.
After spending quite some time hanging out on the rocky outcropping enjoying the warmth of the sunshine and breathtaking view, we headed back down the trail. I was so happy that we had continued on until we finally found the big rocks that truly are as BIG as houses! I already am eagerly awaiting our next adventure!
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