Hike: Mountain Creek (Confederate Memorial Park) AL, Sat., 6/11/2011, 06:45-10:15
Distance: Approximately 7 miles Rating: 5/5
Difficulty: Easy Conditions: Trails and flora wet from last evening thundershower and heavy morning dew. Creek low (typical for summer season) but old cistern is at normal level. Some large fish swimming in the cistern today. Hiking in the early morning (park opens up at 6am) makes a lot of sense this time of year. Temperature was about 77 DegF at beginning of hike.
Great hike! Mountain Creek must have gotten a thundershower yesterday evening. Ground was still wet though not muddy. Creek still low (typical for this time of year). Early morning hike is just right during the summer.
Observed many forest dwellers busy about their morning chores: squirrels, cottontail, numerous passerines, crows, damsel flies (one particularly vivid blue one), dragon flies, and too many deer flies. The heavy morning dew resembled diamond dust on the broad leaf vines and trees. The small "Black-eyed Susan" type flowers were the main flowering attraction today. Blackberries were in abundance (though most were still red). I'm certain the opossums, coons, foxes, and birds will soon be feasting on berries!
Enjoyed the tranquility. Was refreshing to my spirit, mind, and body. Thought about "Highways in the wilderness & rivers in the desert" -- such is our GOD!
I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19 (NKJV)