Life Verse:

"...I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly." -- JESUS in John 10:10

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hike at Swayback Bridge Trail

Hike: Swayback Bridge Trail (TOLA), Wetumpka, AL, Tue., 06/28/2011 08:30-13:00CDT
Distance: 10 miles  Rating: 5/5
Difficulty: Moderate due to distance
Conditions: Warm to Hot and Muggy (typical for late June).  Partly cloudy to cloudy at hike's end.  Tstorms blew up quickly with lightning and thunder.  Started raining just as I got in to the Jeep!
Great hike.  Except for two trail runners, I had the trail all to myself.  Quite a few passerines (as usual) throughout the forest.  Many, many insects were present today.  I used Repel on my shoes, pants legs, and neck -- I was not bothered by mosquitoes or biting flies.  Several Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies were seen, along with different Dragonflies (my personal favorite insect).  Did not observe any Damselflies today.  Sunflowers decorated much of the trail, especially in the drier sections.  There were other blue, purple, and white wildflowers in abundance but I will have to consult a field guide to identify them.

Today was my first time exploring some of the Black Trail on the other side of the lake.  I found a special spot lakeside that has to be the largest stand of Big Leaf Magnolia I have ever seen.  These deciduous trees with their over-sized leaves engender thoughts of some prehistoric land as I walk through the grove.

I had originally planned to hike all 12 miles of Swayback on this outing but the rapid onslaught of a summer thunderstorm and a nagging pain in my left ankle convinced me to stop at 10 miles.

One Scripture that keeps resounding through my mind on almost all hikes and excursions is from Psalms 19...

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.
-- Psalms 19:1-3 (NKJV)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Kayaking Coon Creek Tract

Kayak: Coon Creek Tract off Lake Yates in Tallapoosa County AL, Sat., 06/25/2011, 09:00-12:00
Distance: 6 miles (estimate based on paddle time)  Rating: 5/5
Difficulty: Easy
Conditions: Sunny.  Hot/humid.  Wind very light and variable.  One other truck boat trailer at the trail head.  Water level a foot or so lower than full pool.

Had a great day exploring Coon Creek by kayak.  This creek empties into Lake Yates north of Tallassee.  The mouth of the creek and surrounding land is one of the parcels of Alabama Forever Wild Lands.  The riparian zone is mixed hardwoods and conifers with bottom-land hardwoods being prominent. 

Observed kingfisher and turkey vulture during our exploration.  There were wood duck houses in the creek but did not see any ducks.  Glenn had no luck fishing though we did see some smaller fish near rock outcroppings.  Carp were active in the shallows.  Quite a few aquatic grass and hyacinth beds around the creek estuary and banks of the main lake.  Many dragonflies were busy across the creek surface and near the grass beds.  They occasionally landed on my yak.  A bumblebee followed me close for a while -- apparently he liked the color of my boat!

Did not take time to hike the 5 miles of trails due to heat and probable ticks.

Thank YOU, LORD, for this wonderful place and everything YOU provide.

Stopped at a classic car and hot rod show in Tallassee on the way back.  Enjoyed the older trucks and mustangs!

Friday, June 24, 2011


How many of these desert dwellers have I hiked by in Arizona?  They are beautiful, especially with their surprisingly vivid red blooms.


Nature Photo of the Week: Anza-Borrego Desert

Ah, the California desert! Flickr user ManualFoci captured this shot of an ocotillo cactus in the foreground at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in March. (Did you know that Anza-Borrego is California’s largest state park and a critical habitat for bighorn sheep?)

Some Birds Sing All Through the Night

11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.
-- Psalms 5:11 (NKJV)

Have you ever noticed that this time of year some birds sing all through the night?  On my morning urban-hike yesterday I noticed that the avian choir was especially vociferous just before dawn.  Even the Cardinals were joining in the singing.  It was simply beautiful.  There are all kinds of biological reasons we could give for these birds to be singing, but perhaps they are simply expressing their joy to their CREATOR.  

Why don't we each "sing for joy" today?  If you are not particularly musically talented, you can still "make a joyful noise to the LORD" in your words, attitude, and actions.  Let me encourage and challenge you to place your trust (belief, commitment, dependence) in GOD.  Then "sing for joy" no matter the circumstances of the day!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Another Great Western Expedition-2 Possibility...

Best Hikes in the Parks: Big Bend's Outer Mountain Loop

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Celebrating Great Outdoors Month With 35 Great Hikes 

Outer Mountain Loop, Big Bend National Park, Texas

When to Go: October to May
Round-Trip: 30 Miles, 3 Days
Level: Moderate Backpacking Trip

See the Big Bend Trail Map 
Screen shot 2011-06-22 at 6.38.29 AMBig Bend is all about a sense of vastness: Hundred-mile views sweep across the hills, arroyos, and mesas of the Chihuahuan Desert with nary a sign of civilization. No place delivers a sense of the park’s enormity—and solitude—better than the high country of the Chisos Mountains. This three-day, two-night hike climbs into and traverses the south rim of the range, where you can stand in the shade of big maples, cypress, oaks, and ponderosa pines and view the austere beauty of the desert far below.
Insider Tip: Cache water in advance at Blue Creek Canyon so you only have to carry two days’ worth of liquid.

Bond of Perfection

14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Col 3:14-17 (NKJV)

As I meditate on these verses this morning a there are some things I need to DO and some things I need to ALLOW...

I need to PUT ON love.  Love (agape) is an act of the will.  Love is something I do, bearing in mind that agape is possible only as GOD's SPIRIT works in and through me.  That brings me to some things I must ALLOW:  the peace of GOD to rule in my mind and the word of CHRIST to dwell in me richly. 

For these to occur, I must be feeding on HIS word in a regular (daily) manner and I must surrender my priorities to HIS.  There can be only ONE ruler in my life.  Will I allow GOD to rule or will I usurp the authority?  If HIS peace is to be manifested in my life, then HE must rule.  (My attempt at self-rule equates to a revolt.)  If I am to be HIS follower then I must know HIS voice (word, thought, will).  I come to know HIM better through HIS written word.

The last thing I need to DO is live daily (in everything) in fellowship with HIM... everything done or said should be in relation to HIM.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thinking about Hiking & Kayaking Bon Secour...

Anyone interested in Hiking or Kayaking Bon Secour this summer???

 Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Hwy. 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542; (251) 540-7720; Office hours, 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Refuge is open 7 days per week during daylight hours only. Access roads are in fair condition. Nearest community is Gulf Shores. Nearest highways are I-10, State Hwy. 59 and State Hwy. 180. Available species include largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish in Gator Lake (40 acres). Spotted seatrout, flounder, redfish, pompano, Spanish mackerel and bluefish are available nearby in the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay and Bon Secour Bay. Little Lagoon (approximately 2,000 acres of saltwater) is surrounded by the refuge. In approximately 4 miles of Gulf of Mexico, fishing is open year-round. Canoes or small jon boats are allowed in Gator Lake, but this requires a portage of 8/10 of a mile. Only electric motors are allowed.
Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Public rest facilities / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / Information center

"Hiking" Lake Tallassee - 06/18/2011

Hike: Kayak Exploration of Lake Tallassee (Lake Thurlow), Sat. 06/18/2011, 08:45-12:00
Distance: 6 miles (est. based on time)  Rating: 5/5
Difficulty: Easy (Hardest thing was finding the park!)
Conditions: Warm & Muggy at start.  Mostly cloudy with nice breeze from SE.  Becoming partly cloudy and hot by lunch-time.
Had a fantastic time kayaking this smallest of the Corps of Engineers impoundments in Alabama.  Glenn thoroughly enjoyed his new kayak, I believe!  It was good to be able to share the adventure with him -- it's been too long since we have been on an "adventure" together.

He took some light tackle and missed one strike at the bridge but caught a hybrid bass near the landing on our way back. 

We had the lake almost completely to ourselves.  Only saw three other boats the entire three hours.  The Tallapoosa was its normal clear to aquamarine color.  Saw several blue herons, numerous swallows/swifts nesting under the bridge, quite a few colonies of purple martins, and the ubiquitous passerines.  Near mid-day the turtles came out swimming near the surface of the water or sun-bathing on stumps.  We spooked two large white-tail deer near the feeder creek.  With kayaks you can move silently and into extremely shallow water.  The blue heron did not fly away from us until we were within 15 yards.  He didn't seem to be sure "what" we were.

This is one to put on the list for follow-up in cooler weather. 

Musings: 06/18/2011 - Step By Step

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And Step by step You'll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And Step by step You'll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days
And I will follow You all of my days

Headed out to Lake Tallassee (Thurlow) this morning with my brother for some kayak "hiking".  New places to explore.  New things to see.  Promise of a new day.  We all like that don't we?  The day is fresh and new.  Just like JESUS does in our lives when HE takes up residence.  Every day is a new adventure.  There should be anticipation and expectation -- what will GOD do today?  How may I bless YOU today, LORD?

Open my eyes, my ears, my heart, and my hands. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Musings: 06/17/2011 - Seasons Trail & What Truly Matters

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.
 Phil 4:8 (NKJV)

The world is a "hustle-bustle" place.  The noise and din of confusion that seemingly surround us are capable of diverting our attention away from the simple truths of life.  If we focus on the wrong things, we will miss the vitality of life.  We will simply wake up one day and wonder "what happened".

I took off from work today.  It has been a long and grueling spring (with controls projects, outages, and issues) and I needed the break.  Since I got in bed later than normal it was almost 6am before I woke up.  That hour made a noticeable difference in the temperature and humidity of my morning (sub)urban hike.  Nevertheless, I was still blessed by the sights, sounds, and smells of GOD's Creation; especially by HIS presence in my life.  I hope that you are able to "be still" and know GOD today.  Take time to meditate on those things that truly matter, that have life-changing consequences.

Urban Hike: Season's Loop  06:17-07:20
Distance:  3 miles  Rating: 5/5 
Difficulty: Easy 
Conditions: Warm and Humid.  Mostly to partly cloudy.  
Thoughts/Observations: (See above)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pathetic Comment on Humanity - Rioting & Looting in Vancouver BC

I was both shocked and saddened to see reports of rioting, looting, and vandalism in Vancouver BC following the Canuck's loss in the Stanley Cup.  I understand that this in no way reflects the majority of the citizens of Vancouver, but it is a pathetic commentary on the depravity of humanity...

Vancouver Fans Riot Following Canucks' Stanley Cup Loss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Almost 150 people required hospital treatment and close to 100 were arrested after rioters swept through downtown Vancouver following a Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins in the decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
Vancouver Coastal Health spokeswoman Anna Marie D'Angelo said Thursday three stabbing victims have been admitted and an unidentified man is in critical condition with head injuries after a fall.
She said most of the rioting victims were treated at St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver, while about 40, including the stabbing cases and the head injury patient, were being treated at Vancouver General Hospital.
Rioting and looting left cars burned, stores in shambles and windows shattered over a roughly ten block radius of the city's main shopping district
Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu said nine officers were injured, including one who required 14 stitches after being hit with a thrown brick. Chu said some officers suffered bite marks. He said 15 cars were burned, including two police cars.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said "organized hoodlums bent on creating chaos incited the riot" and noted the city proved with the 2010 Winter Olympics that it could hold peaceful gatherings. A local business leader estimated more than 50 businesses have been damaged.
"They were here to make trouble and they succeeded," Robertson said.
Vancouver city councilor Suzanne Anton said the rioting has shaken the city and overshadowed the hockey team's playoff run.
"I would never have believed that Vancouver would be a city where there would be looting," Anton said. "I just feel such a profound sense of disappointment. We like to think we live in paradise here in Vancouver. It's hard to imagine here."
It was similar to the scene that erupted in the city in 1994 following the Canucks' Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers.
Anton said there was no loss of life or police brutality in this latest incident. She said dozens of volunteers patrolled the city's entertainment strip on Thursday, picking up debris and garbage.
One of the volunteers, Al Cyrenne, carried his broom downtown to clean up the damage.
"I'm all choked up," he said, as he surveyed broken windows and debris on a downtown street.
"I can't believe the scene. Just talking about it bring me to tears. I can't believe the people of Vancouver would do this. It's just a few idiots."
While police said it was mostly young thugs responsible for the mayhem overnight, an equally young crew turned up in jeans and rubber gloves, some with Canucks jerseys, all carrying plastic garbage bags.
Dozens of remorseful and dismayed commuters crowded around the smashed and plywood covered display windows at the flagship Bay store, a historical building that was the first focus of rampaging looters Wednesday night.
Someone had tacked a rough, hand-painted sign that read: "On behalf of my team and my city, I am sorry." People waited in line to sign it.
Across the street at London Drugs, the windows were also smashed.
Wynn Powell, the president and CEO of London Drugs, estimated the damage there at $1 million alone.
Powell, sounding angry, said the looting wasn't the random consequence of a mob mentality.
"The rioters attacked us for two hours before they got into the store. They were down attacking the stores of Vancouver to try to steal product."
TV footage showed a man being beaten after he tried to stop looters from smashing windows at the Bay department store.
Looters were seen grabbing T-shirts and anything else they could get their hands on. Young women were seen escaping with MAC cosmetics, with one carrying out part of a mannequin. The landmark building was filling with smoke as people, their faces covered in bandannas, continued the violence.
The looters turned their attention next on a Future Shop store a few blocks away, smashing windows and flooding up the stairs to the second-floor store, only to turn around quickly. One witness said police were at the top of the stairs.
Sears and Chapters stores were also looted, their glass fronts smashed. For many, the ugly chaos made the Cup loss an afterthought.
"What I've seen is a complete disgrace," said Beth Hope, 28, who is originally from England but has lived in Vancouver for two years. "I'm a Canucks fan, but my jersey's in my bag. I'm ashamed to be a fan right now."
Hope said she saw a parking structure on fire and cars ablaze.
"It's insane, it's absolutely insane," she said. "What's the point? Our team lost. Why destroy your own city? I'm afraid."
NBA star Steve Nash, from nearby Victoria and the brother-in-law of Canucks forward Manny Malhotra, sent a Twitter message imploring the fans to stop the violence. "We're a great city and have a lot of class. Our team is great and our championship will come. Soon," Nash wrote.
Some seemed to revel in the rampage, recording the vandalism on cell phones and video cameras. A few congratulated those who tried to attack police, and others erupted with cheers every time something was damaged.

A Candidate for Great Western Expedition 2 - Grand Tetons

When we visited Grand Teton National Park as part of our Great Western Expedition a couple of years back, we were "put off" by the horrible condition of the roads.  I feared doing great damage to the tires and front end of our Explorer.  Short story is, I was not able to hike any of the Tetons. 

Maybe our Great Western Expedition - II can include the Grand Tetons!

Eye candy included below...

Best Hikes in the Parks: Teton Crest Trail

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Photograph by Raymond Gehman, National Geographic

Celebrating Great Outdoors Month With 35 Great Hikes

Teton Crest Trail, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

When to Go: Mid-July to Mid-September
Distance: 36.7 Miles, 6 Days
Level: Moderate Backpacking Trip

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The signature hike of Grand Teton National Park threads its way along the interior spine of the Teton range, joining high divides and passes, alpine lakes, and intimate looks at those iconic craggy summits. The brief hiking season coincides with a supernova burst of color—carpets of lupine, streams choked with mountain bluebells. At Fox Creek Pass you get sweeping views of Jackson Hole in Wyoming and Teton Valley in Idaho. And starting in Hurricane Pass, every view for several miles frames the three Tetons in all their glory.
Insider Tip: Leave a car at trail’s end—the Leigh Lake trailhead—then ride the Teton Village tram to start the hike on the Granite Canyon Trail.
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Preparedness - Truth and Honor

I had not thought about a Preparedness mindset/lifestyle as Honor but Kellene Bishop makes a compelling argument for that case...

Preparedness Pro » Blog Archive » The Truth and Honor of Preparedness

Musings: Urban Hiking - 06/16/2011

1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma...
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
-- Eph 5:1-2, 15-16 (NKJV)

I greatly enjoy taking a 2 mile walk early each morning.  This time not only serves to provide bodily exercise but also exercise of the spirit.  Time for prayer, scripture meditation, worship, and soaking up GOD's love experienced through HIS Creation.  One might wonder how much of GOD's Creation is observable in the suburbs.  The answer is, "as much as one will open their eyes and ears to observe."

Each morning I am blessed by the caress of the gentle breeze or sometimes the sprinkle of a morning shower.  I am greeted by the wake-up call of the sun as it's brilliant orange orb rises through the pink and rose hues of dawn.  This morning I watched the silver disk of a full moon relinquish its rule of the sky to the waking sun.  Various perfumes waft across my senses while I hike the suburban landscape.  The mimosa gently reminds me of my grandmother and brings back wonderful memories of playing in her yard under the watchful and shading branches of her mimosa.  I am serenaded to the soulful song of the Mourning Dove or the repertoire of the Mockingbird.  At times the Cardinal will join the chorus to complete the avian choir.  Robins are usually busy hunting breakfast -- I don't hear them sing but I do enjoy how they grace the landscape with their color and activity.

All around (even in the suburban or urban jungle) I am reminded of GOD's love, provision, and presence.  I hope that you will take time today to have your eyes and heart opened.  Do not waste the day.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dragonfly Herding?

This blog-post strikes a resonant chord with me.  It captures some of the primordial and spiritual essence of "getting out" and communing with GOD, enjoying HIS Creation.  The evidence of HIS creativity is all around us.  We just need to open our eyes and ears -- to open our hearts. 

It’s Dragonfly Herding Season

by Michael Frank on June 14, 2011
Hans Rey wouldn’t bother with my local trail system. Christoph Sauser would look at the relatively wee relief of my backyard riding and chase back home to his native Interlaken and its 3,000-meter climbs.
But everyone makes the most of what they have and what I have is the Mohonk Preserve. With dozens of miles of rolling, mostly doubletrack climbs and a few pockets of singletrack, it’s a great place to get a quiet, quick workout, and it’s just a few minutes from home.
No, this isn’t a giant, open western landscape of gnar. It’s third-generation forest, a park very much altered by several centuries of cultivation that was then let go, free to turn back to woods, renewed by time and nature. On any given ride at dusk I’ll see a random porcupine scuttling up the trail or raptors of several stripes swooping down from the canopy to charge at a chipmunk. I’ve seen bears in the fall, though they’re small and more threatened by me than vice versa.
This time of year it’s far more common to spot tortoises digging holes to bury eggs and turkey vultures riding the thermal updrafts of the Shawangunk Ridge on five-foot wingspans, soaring by on a wave of…stink. Turkey vultures defend themselves with barf. No joke. The stench drives off would-be predator eagles.
This is also the fleeting, rarely discussed dragonfly-herding season — although I think if the dragonflies could talk they’d call it mountain biker herding.
My climb takes me through a huge open field, past the arms of a massive oak, long dead, but still somehow standing and reaching impossibly wide. When I hit the meadow I’ve just come through a shaded canopy and into direct, hot sun. Then, bang! I’m swarmed by an escort of hundreds of black-and-white 12-spotted-skimmer dragonflies. They move as I move, maybe 8 mph, flitting beside me, by my ankles, just ahead of my front knobby at a perfectly even cadence, precisely my pace. Perhaps they’re pushed by my light wake of sweaty air?
Ten, maybe 20 yards later, the first group peels off, like flying motorcycle cops on their black-and-white Harleys and, just up ahead, dozens more launch from the trail and hover beside me. This lasts maybe five minutes as I huff along through the high grass and wildflowers, the sun beating on me, the magic dragonflies doing more for my imagination than Disney ever could.
Then I hit the next layer of maple-tree canopy and the dragonflies vanish and it’s all face flies and mosquitoes again for another few miles of shaded churn. I take heart, though. Fifteen minutes more climbing and I’ll be at the next open field, and the black and white party will rage again when I get there.

Using Your Mountain Bike to Defend Your Life!

Maybe I should not complain about being chased by a dog while riding my mountain bike...

Mountain Bike Saves Man’s Life When Leopard Attacks

A South African man by the name of Pieta Ncube was riding to work last Tuesday near the town of Brits when a leopard began to follow him, ready to attack. Ncube says he used the triangular shape of his mountain bike frame to trap the leopard’s two front legs, which prevented it from biting Ncube or lurching at him. He then used a metal bar attached to his bike to hit the animal–as it counterattacked with scratches to Ncube’s face. Eventually, the leopard ran away, enabling Ncube to get away and call for help.
Ncube has been released from the hospital, and despite a full-scale search for the leopard, there has been no mention in reports about whether or not it as been found.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Glacier National Park - Grinnell Glacier Trail

No doubt our National Parks contain some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes on Planet Earth.  I have been blessed to view some of them.  This post from NatGeo highlights Glacier National Park and its wonders.  It sounds like a wonderful hike, but the part about the grizzly gives me pause!  While "seeing a grizzly" would be an exhilarating experience, I do not care to be on his menu...

Great Outdoors Month: Best Hikes in the Parks: Glacier's Grinnell Glacier Trail

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By Robert Earle Howells; Photograph by M. Scott Brauer, Alamy

Celebrating Great Outdoors Month With 35 Great Hikes

Grinnell Glacier Trail

When to Go:
June to September
Round-Trip: 11 Miles
Level: Moderate Day Hike

See the Trail Map

View many of Glacier’s most iconic features—big, clear, glacial valley lakes, alpine meadows filled with wildflowers; the omnipresent possibility of seeing a grizzly—en route to a glorious view from the maw of Grinnell, one of the park’s signature glaciers. The trail skirts Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes (opt for a tour boat if you want to knock 3.8 miles off the approach) before ascending 1,600 feet to the narrow, fissured glacier hanging high above milky blue Grinnell Lake.

Insider Tip: Push on past the glacier’s outflow for a jaw-dropping view of Grinnell Lake and a host of alpine summits. The incredible vistas are worth the 1,200-foot climb, first to the saddle between Mount Gould and Angel Wing, and then up to the ridge just below the summit of Angel Wing.

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In Memorium - Jay Hudson - AlaTrails

12 "For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12 (NKJV)