Our second day started peacefully, with beautiful weather. The temperature was about 15 degrees cooler, at 4,000+ feet, than it was down in the valley. We decided to go to the Mount Rogers Visitors Center, just a few miles from our campground, and on the way we passed the Rhodedendron Trail parking lot and saw ponies, free-roaming managed herds, just past the gates.
We also made friends at our camper with a colony of Chipmunks, or ground squirrels, as they are also called. These little guys entertained us all week.