Rhododendron Gardens at the top of Roan Mountain outside of Elizabethton, TN. It's a pretty long haul for us and the weather was brutal, but with circumstances as they were we knew it was the only time we'd have to see the blooms this season and get Bug up there for her first visit. We also wanted to avoid the Rhododendron Festival which is being held this weekend - Sat. June 16 & Sun. 17, 2012 from 10am-5pm. I hear it's a wonderful event, but we wanted a little solitude on top of the mountain.
And that's pretty much what we got. There were very few people venturing out. With rain in the forecast and mountain temperature highs in the mid-50s, we saw maybe six other people at the top. It was pleasant, eerily quiet, and very misty and cool. I didn't exactly go as prepared as I thought I had, but when challenged, this girl knows how to improvise.
Cloudland for nothing! But they had fun nonetheless, and I know they wished we could have stayed longer.
Robin and Tim
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