Life Verse:

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hiking Barton's Beach Nature Preserve - 12/18/2012

Hike:  Barton's Beach Nature Preserve, Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 10:00-14:30CST
Distance:  6 miles    Rating: 4.5/5
Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate
Conditions:  Clear blue sky - gorgeous!  Unseasonably warm.  Calm.  Lots of rain over the previous weekend left some water standing in places but not overly muddy.  We did not have to divert from any trails.


Hiking with my brother.  (Do not get to do that nearly enough.)  Today was his first time in this location.  I think he had a blast.

Many birds (as usual).  Also observed squirrel & rabbit.  Saw a moderate sized mammal off the Fern Trail -- it looked a lot like a skunk with a bushy tail but was lighter colored (no smell detected).

Wonderful place to hike.  Really enjoyed Secret Lake.  The palmettos, cypress trees, and Spanish moss engenders thoughts of a primeval forest.  The Cahaba River was swift moving and high today - as high as I have ever seen it here.

One hundred foot birding tower was a treat (as always) and a workout for the legs.  Glenn swears it was 200' high!

Enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with my brother!  Thank YOU, LORD.

Gear List:
  • MountainSmith Lumbar pack (ASK & 1st Aid Kit) 1L water
  • KaBar Eskabar
  • SOG Fasthawk
  • RedHead Gortex hiking boots
  • dSLR
  • Hiking pants & LS Shirt
  • Orange head do-rag (it is hunting season in the South you know!)

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Late Autumn Hike Swayback Bridge TOLA

Hike: Swayback Bridge Trail of Legends, Sat. 12/1/2012, 08:45-10:30CST
Distance: 4 miles  Rating: 4.5/5
Difficulty: Easy
Conditions: Bright, clear blue sky.  Calm.  Upper 60s.  Trails dry and in excellent shape.
Great hike.  A few mountain bikers and trail runners on the trails.  Enjoyed the passerines, gray squirrels, and chipmunks - several stopped and watched me watching them!

My steps were cushioned by a deep carpet of brown and gray leaves.  Most of the leaves are down now.  The view into the forest is much deeper than during the spring or summer.  I should have brought binoculars.

"Joyful, Joyful We Adore THEE, GOD of Glory LORD of Love"!