Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 25

Day 5 – Time Flies

Our fifth day of this Bio trip, and I really can’t believe how fast the week has gone by. Most of the group is ready to go home, and so am I; but I wouldn’t mind another day or so. Curtis Creek was our first stop today, at an elevation of 1700 feet. The water …

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May 25

Day 5 – Learning in the Mountains

Today our class visited the nature center in Asheville. We had been talking about all kinds of animals all week, but some had not made an appearance. We found a few reptiles during the week and some snakes, but some big animals have not been spotted. We visited the black bear first, which was pretty …

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May 24

Day 4 – Up to Chimney Rock

Today we started a little earlier than we normally do. On most days, we start at 8:00 AM, but today we started at 7:45. Fifteen minutes of sleep can be the difference in waking up in a good mood or a bad mood for some. No matter what mood some of us may have been …

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May 24

Day 4 – Four Seasons Trail and Falls

After lunch, we began our hike on the Hickory Nut Falls trail. The hike was not hard, but the incline was a little steep at some points. The view on the trail was amazing, and we spotted plant species that we had not seen before. At one point on the trail, we came across a …

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May 23

Day 3 – Ups and Downs

Day three has had its ups and downs. However, even though the rainy weather was against us, we still got to do just about everything we set out to do. We began our day at an art gallery where you could purchase a variety of merchandise. Nobody really purchased anything because it was so expensive, …

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May 23

Day 3 – May 23

The rain made today very interesting. I think I really would have enjoyed the hike at Mount Mitchell, but the rain was a big distraction. The trail was like nothing I’d ever seen before. There were caves, old logs, a lot of stones, and other things throughout the trail. I enjoyed walking through the woods …

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May 22

Day 2 – Elevations

Today, we visited various elevations. We began at 2,500 feet, and the highest point was at Richland Balsam at 6,020 feet. As we climbed in elevation, we noticed the trees were not lush and blooming like they were at 2500 feet, but, rather, they were more like vegetation in early spring. Overall, today was an …

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May 22

Day 2 – The Mountains Rock!

What a day! Longest travel day ever. Having been out of school for two weeks now, the 7:20 AM alarm was like the gunshot at the beginning of a race. We piled into the van by 8:30 and set out to see the French Broad, which was a historic waterway during the 1800s. Dr. Carpenter …

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May 21

Day 1 – The Adventure Begins

Who knew biology could be such an adventure? When I woke up at 6:30 am this morning to get ready to get on the van, I sure didn’t; but, at 8 am when my ten classmates and I loaded up the vans, started talking and laughing, I knew I was in for a good time. Just …

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May 21

Day 1 – Hiking and Learning

Today, we explored Christmount. We hiked up to the trail and took note of some of the plant life that grew along the side of the road. We saw several different types of ferns including; lady fern, Christmas fern, and New York fern. We learned that different types of ferns have different types of arrangements …

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