Distance: 4 miles Rating: 4.5/5
Conditions: Mostly sunny. Moderate temps. Wind calm. Beautiful day for a hike (but then any day is a good day for a hike!). No one else using the trails though there is construction in progress at the aquifer.
Flushed a large Whitetail deer (doe) as I entered the forest behind the old church. Numerous gray squirrels were busy about their Fall gathering. Did not notice the usual abundant passarines today.
Hardwoods are passed their color prime but the forest was beautiful nonetheless. Smell of Autumn was in the air and the forest was peaceful. The low humidity of late made for a crunchy carpet on some of the trails. A few yellow and purple wildflowers still remain in secluded spots.
The words of Psalms 121 were on my mind this morning...
I will lift up my eyes to the hills-- From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.
Psalms 121:1-8 (NKJV)
Thank YOU, LORD, for YOUR love expressed to me in the pristine beauty and peace of YOUR Creation.
- MountainSmith Lumbarpack (1 L water, ESK)
- Gerber Gator Jr. (Used to clear some pesky briers from one of the small trails.)
- Merrell Chameleon Trail Shoes