I was also very pleased this day of hiking to learn how close Flattop is to the lower end of the ridge: proximity of two flat places, as it were.
Ridge’s End, as I’ll call it, contains some interesting looking trees and plants…
… perhaps centered by these 4 (locusts? persimmons?) with moss covered bottoms.
Another interesting looking twinned tree of the area with a u shaped connection.
A Ridge’s Edge pine tree’s branches spread horizontally in several directions.
The 4 central trees again from the “front”.
Moving back down to Flattop, which lies only about 20-30 feet below the top. It’s definitely a part of the same complex. Site of yet another toy happening in the future?? Could be.
Taum Sauk’s cousin Railingston, his faithful dog Rrrrr, and his two ninja bodyguards occupy the top with me.
Oh, and of course his precious railing is there as well. I see it as kind of like Linus’ blanket to him. He sits on it, looks out at the marvelous view, and sucks his thumb.