This year I talked my wife into spending her birthday with me up on Wilburn Ridge! (plus we got to finally try out our new tent from Big Agnes!)
I really like getting up here during early June for the Rhododendron bloom every year. This particular area is pretty incredible. Many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers claim that this is one of their favorite sections of the trail.
This year, the rainy weather has really held back the bloom. I think the bloom will probably peak about a week after our visit. That said we still got to take in a nice view of trailside rhododendrons.
We set up camp on the first peak of Wilburn Ridge. There is a nice view all around and a small dip in the center protects the tent from most of the wind. I snapped this photo as dinner was cooking.
The sunset that night was as good as it gets pretty much. Lots of great light, beautiful blues and pinks... and I got to hang out with the wife!
Below, you can see the ponies milling about below our campsite.
Watching a lone pony make its way across the meadow...
Ashley watched the sunset from the Wilburn Ridge spur trail while I ran around taking photos.
A few AT hikers hike by a tent on the Appalachian Trail below where we camped.
A panorama of our tent in the Appalachian Mountains.
Looking up at the second peak of Wilburn Ridge(the highest peak with the hugest views)
After soaking in as much 'red light' as a guy could handle, we hunkered down for a fairly windy night up on the ridge. My wife got to turn the big 3-0 in a tent and I got to tag along. Pretty good day in my book.