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It's rare I read any article anywhere from end to end but, Bookerc1, you got me good! Your discovery of Gold in those mountains is really Blue and delicate was a delight to read. It made me recollect similar discoveries and treks I've had and the personal enlightenment of finding that flower or plant which seemed to be there just for me to find.
I took a moment in the middle of the article to work on my van but I was thinking about your description of the trip and this delightful Clematis giving myself a moment to enjoy the remainder like a delectable piece of cake, savoring every bite.
[quote="growin"]the personal enlightenment of finding that flower or plant which seemed to be there just for me to find.
Exactly! So gratifying to know that someone "gets it." As I was writing it, I kept worrying that no one would understand the connection between the old gold mine, and my own discovery. Thank you so much for your kind words!
What a beautiful place and a beautiful wildflower! Every once in a while, on my hikes through our woods, I'll be surprised by a wildflower I hadn't seen here before. I feel the same excitement--my eyes open wide, my mouth opens with a gasp. It's like being a kid finding a great Christmas present under the tree!
I love to hike in Kentucky. Wrote an article about the wildflowers I found in Mammoth Cave National Park last spring. :) I love the thrill of discovery, especially when you aren't expecting to see anything unusual!
My 10 year old has a real knack for finding bats in caves. We went to Jewel Cave in South Dakota last month, and the ranger leading the tour told us that bats had pretty much abandoned that entrance to the cave, and hadn't been seen in months. My son pointed out at least 6 to him on the tour. LOL Our whole family has a weird love of bats. I just find them fascinating.