The decision is made
It's Sunday of the Memorial Day Weekend, May 27th
(Rain date, Monday, the 28th)
Please post your intentions AND please, newcomers, don't be shy. This is a chance to take a step back in time in your own Blue Ridge backyard.
I can tell you that the time is ripe for a visit to the Springs. Shadowplay, maintenance man extraordinaire, with the help of KatherineA's mower, was able to manicure the grounds around the ruins. It's looking REAL good. In a few weeks, however, the fertile alluvial soils will prompt rapid growth of grasses and other vegetation.
I will be available to give a talk about the Springs at the site. I was told that though the Historic Area is well tended, the trails leading to it are becoming increasingly difficult to hike.(I have requested DNR's help, but they like all agencies are strapped for cash and personnel). Consequently, FOSS has decided to open the gate to a limited number of vehicles. They would haul geezers like myself, toddlers, comestibles and equipment to the ruins.
Since shadowplay has done such a splendid job of preparing the area, we can consider this a MOSTLY play and VERY little work party. If I have my druthers I'd pick Memorial Day weekend. But, I'm open to suggestion. This is definitely the chance for all who haven't had the opportunity to visit to take that giant step back in time. And if you'll let me, I'll help you along with a narrative of this wondrous spot's history.
I need, as usual, a honcho or two to coordinate the project. Dates, times, activities, all need a decision.
Here are some links to a few photos that shadowplay took on May 8th: