I am planning a trip to North Carolina in April or May to see Venus Flytraps in their native habitat for the first time in my life. *I also want to study them, document, and photograph. *Could anybody who has been there or lives there now give me advice concerning these questions below?
1--I have time in April or May. *Would you say there is a better time to go during either of those two months? *Specific week advice?
2--Is the terrain where Dionaea muscipula are found very difficult to travel? *Basically, will I need uphill mountain hiking gear and plan to bring someone with me, or is it simply a hike through fairly level forest area that I could travel on my own without too much risk of getting injured and isolated?
3--I plan on seeing the North Carolina Botanical Garden, is there a best time to visit that as well?
4--Which counties in North Carolina are best for searching? *I have found this Dionaea distribution map...but I wonder which county has the largest amount still found?
5--I have relatives in Hope Mills, Cumberland county. *The map from the link includes Cumberland county, but I wonder if there are any Dionaea still surviving today?
6--What kind of weather should I prepare for? *I plan on camping in areas where it is permitted and hiking through the forest 5 days out of my seven there. *The other two days will be at the NC Botanical Garden.
7--Any other things I haven't thought to ask that you feel I should be aware of?
Thank you guys in advance for any advice you guys have. *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]