Thursday, October 8, 2020

Hiking Resumed


I finally went on a hike, not just walking for exercise on a path, but on a real hike. It's been a year since I've gone hiking. First came extra care for my dad and his death, then a few minor health problems, then Covid 19, and then hot summer. I took advantage of the cooler weather that has arrived. Early one morning I went to Wildwood Park. A very peaceful place with very few people to encounter.

The trail I choose was called the "Upper 40." It's away from the lake out in the woods.

Wooden bridges have been built over several small streams that you must cross. I don't think I've ever seen any water this orange in color. I believe the orange color is caused by iron. I thought the orange made it look more like fall.

When I'm hiking I look for the unexpected, knowing there will always be something the gives me a little thrill when I'm out in nature. This time it was a painted rock sitting in a hollow log. I loved it! It reminded me of how many times I've had to RESET this year. I would get used to one thing and then another would come along and I'd have to reset my thinking!

I didn't take a lot of pictures on my walk. I mostly just walked, looked, breathed, and relaxed. When I finished the trail, it was lunch time so I headed to the Asian Woodland Garden with its stepping stone paths, plants from China, Korea, and Japan, and the Dodi Tea House which has the most beautiful etched windows.

I found a bench beside the Nabucco Waterfall in a beautiful rock grotto. 

It was a quiet and peaceful place to spend some time.

Autumn color has not really begun to arrive yet. Just a tree here or there has changed. There were a few bright spots though: mums and pumpkins near the entrance, Bugleweed, and a few Azaleas.

I wound up back by the lake on this lovely bench where I put my feet up and just rested. If you look across the lake you can see one lone red tree.

Of course, I can't go to Wildwood Park without taking a least one picture of the gazebo. The water was pretty smooth, so there was a nice reflection. I wish the skies had been a little bit prettier, but it was pretty dull. Oh well, there'll be another time to get the pretty skies!