My favorite flower in the Arb is the Mountain Laurel. Generally this does not grow in Michigan, only in the Appalachian Mountains (I was too late for its blooms on my bike ride through the Alleghenies last year) but they have a special micro climate in a glen off the river which is warmer and has acidic soil (rare in Michigan) that is good for the laurel. In the past, it blooms when the peonies do but I was disappointed to find we were too early. Not so for the rhododendrons. I took some wonderful photos of them too(see tomorrow). I will go back next week for the laurel hopefully on a cloudy, windless day to make things easier.
Before our hike, we ate at our favorite Japanese restaurant on campus. My salmon teriyaki bento box: