As with all trips this Memorial Day Weekend, the weather cooperated beautifully. We made the easy , though slightly long (4.1 miles each way) walk to Hemptop where we had lunch before returning by the same route we took up. We decided that 3 weeks earlier might have had better flowers, but the walk was quite nice. The most prominent flowers we encountered were blackberries, Canada cinquefoil, and Solomon's plume. Solomon's seal and lily of the valley were fairly common at higher elevation. Sweet white violet and common blue violet were still blooming for us along the way, as were yellow lady slippers and four-leaved milkweed. Catesby's trillium and Vasey's trillium were fairly common along the walk and blooming nicely. It appeared that the best floral display along this trial could be when trailing arbutus is in bloom. There were several large patches along the old roadbank that would likely make a spectacular display. We also encountered an interesting mustard at the top of the mountain that we could not ID with the materials at hand. We might get it figured out someday.
All in all, another excellent day in the woods.