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

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I will lift up my eyes to the hills-- Chimney Rock & Kowliga Bay Loop - Sat., 1/18/2014

Hike:  Chimney Rock, Kowliga Bay Loop, Cherokee Ridge North Loop - Sat., 1/18/2014, 10:00-12:30CST
Distance: 5 miles  Rating: 4.5/5
Difficulty: Easy
Conditions: Bright blue, clear sky. Beautiful day. Wind light to moderate. Cold to cool (30s headed to upper 40s). Trails mostly dry.  Lots of hardwood leaves in some spots required careful stepping.
Observed many passerines including at least 2 bluebirds!  Sparrows, titmouse, and cardinals were also busy about the forest floor and canopy.  Their choruses were most welcome.  No deer or squirrels seen on this outing.

Lake Martin was mostly calm and bright blue.  The deep fingers of sloughs had a polished OD Green color.  As normal for this time of year, the lake level was quite low, exposing wonderful rock and boulder formations.

One of my favorite Psalms came to mind as I hiked these "alpine" trails...

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)

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