I had decided to take off today (Monday) so we could go on our annual trek to Roan Mountain to see the Catawba Rhododendron in bloom. But when we checked out the reports, it looked like the blooms were still about 1-2 weeks off, so we decided to head up to Graveyard Fields to see if anything was blooming that way. The blooms look like they'd just started, so not the greatest display, but the hike was still a great one. From there, we decided to head on over to Craggy Gardens to see if anything was happening around that area. Same story - some early blooms but still a week or so off. Most of the bushes looked a little worn this year. Perhaps the mild spring just hasn't kicked the blossoms into gear yet. All in all a wonderful end to another weekend back home. Unfortunately, tomorrow is back to work and then back to Florida for more 95+ degree heat and no Rich to hike with. I'll just count the days until I'm back in the mountains and back home again!