Hike: North & South Loop, Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail, Kowliga, AL, Mon. 12/27/2010, 11:00-13:30
Distance: 4.0 miles Rating: 5/5
Conditions: Beautiful sunshine - clear winter day. Temps in upper 30's, wind ~ 11mph made for a chilly hike. Trails in good condition with a few blow-downs to navigate over. Lots of hardwood leaves still on the ground means take care with footing in downhill areas.
Wonderful hike. It was a gorgeous, sunshine-filled day. The cold temps (made a little colder by a moderate wind) were not too bad -- I had dressed appropriately. The forest was a very quiet and serene place today. Just me, GOD, and one armadillo. (Guess GOD gave the armadillo armor rather than good eyesight and hearing. I was within 2 feet of the little fellow before he heard me. After I spoke to him, he grunted loudly, jumped up, and ran off!)
A little snow still under the pines. It was a special treat to see the white powder sprinkled over the pine straw of the upper ridge portions. Some long icicles were hanging from the "cave".
First opportunity I have had to hike since early in the month. Thank YOU, LORD, for YOUR love and care; for this beautiful treasure of YOUR creation; and for the assurance of a future. Thank YOU that YOU think about me!