Life Verse:

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

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wonderful Spring Hike - Cherokee Ridge - 3/30/2013

Hike: Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail (North & South Loops), Saturday, 3/30/2013, 10:50-13:15 CDT
Distance: 5 miles  Rating: 5/5
Difficulty: Moderate
Conditions: Just about perfect!  Blue, mostly clear sky. Temps in upper 70s. Lite wind.  Trails clear and free of any mud.  Pine straw was dry and a little slippery but not a serious issue.

Wonderful hike -- Even better for the spirit than the body.  Lake Martin was a vivid aquamarine with a coating of yellow pine pollen along the slough shorelines.  Small waves driven by light winds lapped at the shoreline.  Spring wildflowers lined the trails throughout the hike, springing up between rocks, at the foot of trees, and along the shore.  My personal favorite wildflower, the woodland violet, was a special treat -- appearing throughout the hike from ridge to shore line.  Jasmine, wild azalea, and red maple joined in the profound floral display.  Plump bumblebees were busy among the shrubs, trees, and small flowers.  The thick, resplendent moss along one section of the lake trail looked very inviting -- I believe I could have taken a nap there, but I did not take the time (maybe I should have).

"Before the Throne of GOD Above" kept playing through my mind during the hike:
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God!
With Christ my Savior and my God!

Gear List:
  • Emerg Survival Kit (Light)
  • Merrell Chameleon hikers
  • 1 qt canteen kit
  • dSLR
  • EsKabar
  • Browning Alpha 90L

1 comment:

Culinary School Just for me! said...

glad you got a good hike in baby