Saturday, May 27, 2006
Barton's Beach Nature Preserve and Grist SP
I had been thinking about this hike all week, pouring over maps and info from the web. I had never heard of this preserve before. It's web-description did it justice. Was most unlike any place I have hiked - the facilities are very unique in their architecture (thanks to Auburn Univ students!) and the area is really a large swamp (ox bow lakes and the Cahaba River).
This hike was more physical than spiritual due to the constant harassment of flies, mosquitoes, and the like. (Time to get out the DEET for hikes for the rest of the summer.) How easy we are distracted from what GOD is trying to tell us or do in our lives. We get distracted by the small "gnats" of this world. Help us LORD to keep YOU in focus no matter the distraction. May we all walk daily in YOUR SPIRIT!
Grist SP was small but nice. Lake Grist is peaceful (about 100 acres) and stocked well with bass and other fish. Primitive and full-service sites are available. Looks to be a good site for a weekend getaway - to really get away from the rush of city life. Hope to bring an RA group here for a campout later this summer. Only got to hike one of the trails. Nice hardwood and pine upland forest. Thank YOU LORD for the beautiful area we live in and the places YOU show me to hike!