This is Apple and Pear in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge -
Our humble mountains compared to what I saw on our trip, but as tough as any.
I've hiked here many times, and explored the bottom which is called Valley of Boulders -
it's a giant granite jumble. I've been on another mountain ridge behind A & P and
looked down on them. But I've always desired to climb up there and touch them.
|Pear's bottom exposed!|
They are astounding! I never realized how much Apple tilted!
One day it may topple and leave Pear.
|The granite slabs on this ridge are amazing.|
|Can you see Greg?|
|This is a close up - it's really huge. I call them saddle handles.|
I'm on tip toes touching Apple. A couple of things: The drop off is about 6 feet to my right -
that wasn't as unsettling as the wind! The wind was whipping around like crazy up there!
Wind and rocks are super energizing to me!
|I loved the flowers growing out of this boulder.|
There's also an amazing arch on this ridge. Notice the wind whipping up my hair again.
|On the other side of this arch is a drop off!|
|Back down on the trail... looking up.|
I can't wait to return with watercolors and a picnic lunch on a cooler day.
We know how to get up there now. We know how beautiful it all is -
360 granite glory. Also I haven't touched Pear,,,
|Rain Lily on the trail|