Hike: Mountain Creek Sat. 11/06/2010 08:45-10:45
Distance: 4 miles Rating: 5/5
Conditions: Bright and clear. Very cool ~ 39 degrees F at beginning of hike. No one else on the trail (human that is). Light to moderate breeze. Light frost in the darker, shaded areas.
A very crisp and bright Autumn morning greeted me as I started my hike at Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek. Guess it was too cool for most people to be in the park and I had the trails to myself... well at least there were no other humans. There were many passarines and squirrels in attendance and I was joined on the first half of my hike by a Samoyed. I had seen him before in the area - believe he lives at the house adjacent to the park. He tentatively walked up to me as I was getting ready for the trail. He wasn't sure if I was safe or not. (Though he weighed almost as much as me -- he was a BIG dog.) After I spoke softly to him, he decided I would be a good trail friend and he jogged beside me or ahead of me for the first hour of my hike. Even though he didn't chase squirrels, birds, or rabbits he seemed to enjoy the morning as much as me.
GOD is so good. Fall mornings such as this really drive the thought home for me. The beauty, quiet, and harmony of the forest really speak to my spirit. GOD is magnified in HIS creation. I feel HIS presence and HIS love tangibly in places such as this.
I thought about life issues and friends a lot during my hike. It's great to be able to spend time in places such as this and open my heart and soul to GOD; to know that HE loves me and has plans for me.
A friend of mine really loves the yellow and gold of Fall. I took quite a few pictures of yellow and gold Hickories for them today!