Hike: Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail, Lake Martin, Sat., 6/5/2010, 08:30-11:30
Distance: 4 miles Rating: 5/5
Conditions: Partly cloudy, hot, humid, light to moderate breeze (very much appreciated). Periods of darker clouds but no rain.
Hike Saturday. Eight of us (Liz, Tammy, Barry, Pam, Jon, Amber, Larry G., and me). Great time of fellowship and worship in GOD's outdoors. Couple of folks almost got too hot even though we got an early start. The humidity was quite high. Everyone made it safely through! The views, companionship, worship, and results made the hot work worth it!
Observed numerous lizards, butterflies, insects, and wildflowers. Enjoyed sweeping panoramas of Lake Martin. Splendid rock (boulder) formations (always a special feature on this and Deadening Trail). The mixed hardwood and pine forest is always a treat. Bugged that I did not know the ID of a particularly impressive hardwood tree with very broad, large leaves. The tree does not grow very tall nor massive but is strikingly beautiful because of its large leaves (albeit there are few of them). Have only seen this tree in the CRATA area.
After the hike we talked about Romans 1 and how GOD is manifested in HIS Creation to each of us personally. It is amazing how each of us "sees" a small piece of GOD in different aspects of HIS Creation.
This will may be the last Hike Saturday that involves pure hiking until the Fall. I don't want to kill my friends with the heat and humidity. The summer-time Expeditions & Hike Saturday's will focus on cool water and shade. Anyone for "Hiking in a Cave"???