Last week we held a memorial to honor the late Olen Sharron and Warren Mays. Olen and Warren were both big advocates in helping treat our hemlocks at Mt. Lake. We received many donations in their honor and decided to create a memorial. Back in July, we picked out a sandstone boulder from the lakebed that was smooth from years of water erosion. Ralph Johnson from McCoy's Funeral Home in Blacksburg came to pick the stone up and took it to his engraving shop. As you can see, he is an amazing artist! We placed the stone at the north end of the lake along the Indian Trail where the hemlock grove is vibrant and healthy, thanks to Olen and Warren's dedication to protecting the hemlocks.
The Sharron and May's family and friends came up for the memorial. Becky Sharron stands proudly next to the stone.
The lake levels have dropped slightly this October but during the entire 2009 season, the levels stayed somewhat constant. Below is a comparison between October 2008 and 2009. What a difference!
I found this praying mantis earlier this week and thought I would share this photo with you..what an interesting creature!
Mantises are masters of camouflage and most species make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage, both to avoid predators themselves, and to better snare their victims. Various species have adapted to not only blend with the foliage, but to mimic it, appearing as either living or withered leaves, sticks, tree bark, blades of grass, flowers, or even stones.
14 participants showed up for our "Day Hikes Along the Appalachian Trail" Elderhostel program earlier this week. We hiked McAfee's Knob and the Wind Rock-War Spur Loop. Below are a couple photos from the program. Enjoy!
McAfee's Knob in the fog
War Spur Overlook
War Spur Connector Trail
Wind Rock Overlook
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