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May 14

Day 2 – Helpful and Harmful Plants

Today we went hiking in the Appalachians. It was 2 miles uphill and 2 miles down. We started on the Azalea Trail heading up and on the way back we took the Blue Ridge Trail. I thought the hiking was not extensive, though I found myself yawning a lot and breathing more deeply. Driving up to Christmount, we were at an altitude of 2,500 feet, and I noticed a difference in the way I was breathing.

We examined the different types of plants and animals along the trail and in the stream. I thought the medicinal uses of the plants were the most interesting thing I learned today. The spotted forget-me-not counteracting the sting of the hairs on the wood nettle were an interesting example as to how two things growing side by side in nature can both help and hurt us. I thought it was also interesting to see the black cohosh plant in nature.

Abby Dank