This was our monthly visit to the arboretum. For many other months / to see what’s blooming each month, search internet by “ranger annette north carolina arboretum”.
Didn’t really see much of anything blooming today. Well no wonder, it’s January. An unusually warm January though. We were out walking around in t-shirts and no jackets today.
We walked 3 different trails today. We started out behind the education center on Running Cedar Road. It’s 1/2 mile long. It was an easy walk down to Bent Creek Road. Bent Creek Road is the main trail that runs through the arboretum trail system. We turned left and took an easy walk about 1/2 mile to where you split off either to the right onto Old Mill Trail, or off to the left onto Wesley Branch Trail. We took a left onto Wesley Branch. It’s only 4/10 of a mile, and moderate. It brings you to Natural Garden Trail. We took a right and walked about 1/10 of a mile back up to the exhibit center.
Here is an arboretum trail map. http://www.ncarboretum.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Map_Guide_2014.pdf
This was really our first walk since around Christmas, so along with our trail photos from today, also posting a few pictures of the holiday festivities.
Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC
Was walking through the gardens beside of the education center and ran across this concrete cat. As many times as we’ve been through these gardens, have never seen this before.
Nice slight view of some hills in the background as we are getting ready to step out of the gardens and head out on Running Cedar Road
After we turned left out of gardens, took off on Running Cedar Road. The trails at the arboretum are very well signed.
The long final stretch on Running Cedar Road that takes you down to Bent Creek Road
We have arrived at Bent Creek Road. As usual, well signed. You can turn right and head towards Lake Powhatan, take the little trail straight ahead and walk along the creek. We took a left.
Bent Creek Road is so easy and level. Great trail for bicycles too.
Taking a little detour off to the right to spend some time along the creek
That little detour takes you to where you are across the creek from the azalea gardens
Time to turn left and head up Wesley Branch and back to the education center
Walking through rhododendron thicket
As we were walking Wesley Branch, out in the woods saw a tree with something colorful. Zoomed in and discovered this. Not sure what that is all about.
Ending our approximate 1.5 mile walk at the education center
We took a walk through the tiny greenhouse at the education center. Bonsai safe in the greenhouse for the winter season.
Now to our Christmas photos. Eli beside of our tree right before Christmas.
Sawyer getting ready to climb up on the bed for a little rough housing
Mom, Steve, and myself on Christmas Eve
Mom, Andy, and Teresa on Christmas Eve
The twins, daddy and mommy at my mom’s on Christmas evening
There must be something really interesting on TV for them to stop opening their presents