Life Verse:

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

Friday, July 19, 2013

Finally a use for all those paper airplanes I made as a child...

I never knew I was making "Drones" as a kid... maybe I was just ahead of my time?!... 

Kayak Hike - Cooter's Pond Landing -- Thu, 7/18/2013

Kayak Hike:  Cooter's Pond, Thu, 7/18/2013, 17:00-19:00CDT
Distance: 2 miles  Rating: 5/5
Difficulty: Easy
Conditions: Hot/Humid.  Wind: Calm  Partly cloudy.  Rain shower came up as we were taking out.  No lightening/thunder.

Enjoyed kayaking with "The Bro" after work.  No fishing today - just paddling & exploring.

Alligator Gar were not as active as last outing, but they did perform some small jumps and rolls for us.  Heron, egret, kingfisher, & sandpipers were busy along the shore. 

Water level was several feet lower than two weeks ago.  In spite of the frequent rains of late, I suppose Alabama Power's pull through the dams keeps the level lower.  Water surface was almost glass-like.  Paddling in this smooth water was a wonderful experience.  One could hear the soft cut of the paddles through the water's surface.  Peaceful and relaxing indeed!

Thankful for the experience and this place.

Well Said Mr. Barkley!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Another Swayback Bridge Hike - 07/13/2013

Hike: Portions of Black Trail, Swayback Bridge Trail of Legends, Sat., 07/13/2013, 10:00-12:00CDT
Distance: 5 miles  Rating: 4.5/5
Difficulty: Easy
Conditions: Mostly cloudy. Hot & humid.  Lots & lots of rain this week.  Trails still wet & muddy in spots.  A few blow-downs encountered but still passable.  Encountered 4 mountain bikers during the hike.

Observed gray squirrel & cotton-tail.  Quite a few dragonflies near the power-line cut-through.  Several summer wild flowers. 

YOU are awesome in this place ABBA FATHER!

Gear List:
  • RedHead Goretex Hikers
  • Shorts/Polyester Tshirt
  • MountainSmith Lumbar Pack (ESK)
  • 1 KleenKanteen of water
  • JAZZ videocam
  • EsKabar

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Hiking in the Rain - July 06, 2013 - Swayback Bridge Trail

Hike: Portions of the Red & Black Trails, Swayback Bridge Trail, near Wetumpka, AL, Saturday, 07/06/2013, 09:45-12:15CDT
Distance: 5 miles  Rating: 5/5
Difficulty: Easy
Conditions: Mild temps.  Steady, light rain through most of hike.  Has been raining like this for the last couple of days!  I am so thankful for the rain!!!  Needless to say, trails are wet and muddy.  A few blow-downs but none impassable.

Shared the trails with a mountain biker at the start of my hike (and 4 additional cars were in the parking lot when I completed my hike) - otherwise no one else braved the rain to enjoy GOD's forest refreshed by a summer shower..

Chipmunks and gray squirrels were busy despite the rain.  There must have been a thousand spider webs across the trails -- and I busted through each one.

As you might expect, mushrooms were in abundance because of the rains.  Shrooms of all sizes and colors dotted the forest floor.  The splatter of rain on the forest canopy was a beautiful symphony to my ears.  The forest even smells better after a good rain.

I started to wear Frogg Toggs for the hike but opted instead to hike the trail without any rain gear.  Yes, I got a little wet but the forest canopy shielded me from most of the heavier cascades.  I thoroughly enjoyed my summer-time rain hike.  It was a special, prayerful time of worship, communion, and thought.

Gear List:
  • KaBar Eskabar
  • JAZZ digital camera
  • 1qt Canteen/cup/holder
  • ESK Lite
  • RedHead Goretex Hikers (Yes... rain gear for my feet!)
  • Polyester tshirt
  • Cotton hiking shorts
  • Cotton Do-Rag
  • EDC

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Food for Thought - Today in 1776

"We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come."
- Samuel Adams - July 2, 1776