A final couple of parks and we have travelled back South so that I can write up the eleven parks for my May 31 deadline. Biggest lesson learned while working on this book–NEVER agree to hike 120 trails in eight months, particularly when more than half those months are too cold to hike. I don’t care how old you are, it makes for exhausting work. But, I will say, now that Spring has finally arrived, the trails are incredibly beautiful. They are greatly improved by the addition of foliage and wildflowers, and having a hiking partner adds to the enjoyment as well because there is someone with which to share the experience.

Irises at the last park--Cove Lake.

Irises at the last park–Cove Lake.