Hike: Swayback Bridge Trail of Legends - Red Trail, Thu, 07/05/2012, 09:15-12:30
Distance: 6.5 miles Rating: 4/5
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (due to heat & humidity)
Conditions: PCloudy. 80F at start and temp rising. Hot & muggy by hike's end. Wind calm. Trails dry and in good condition.
By myself today, though never alone! Morning sunshine created a gray-dappled effect on the forest floor. I was very thankful for the high forest canopy of hardwoods keeping me in the shade throughout most of the hike. The big leaf magnolia and white oaks grabbed my attention throughout the hike. The white oak is towering and majestic -- easily discernible among the other forest trees. The big leaf magnolia is an understory tree -- perhaps not as majestic as the white oak but even more mysterious. The huge broad leaves always conjure up thoughts of prehistoric forests for me! Thankfully there were no tyranosaurs on the trail today...
Observed many gray squirrels and chipmunks. The warmth on the forest floor also had lizards and small snakes moving about. Was pleased to see several different color dragonflies hovering around the forest. (My favorite insect!)
Thank YOU, LORD, for the peace and beauty of YOUR forest. Help me always be ready to teach others to see YOUR truths, YOUR handiwork in Creation.