If you want more information on rhododendron leaf curl see this. I started to warm up as I gently ascended. Pretty early into the hike I came to an area where the trail very closely skirted a road. I decided to head over to the road to see what was there. I immediately found a large family cemetery.
After looking around the cabin a bit I got back on the trail.
After a fairly steep climb I arrived at the Little Laurel Shelter.
Yearly hiking mileage for 2015: 14.5 miles