Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Taking a Break Makes Everything Better

I have been busy the last couple of weeks with pre-conference "stuff".  All those last minute details really add up.  So Sunday Jackson and I decided to take a morning hike and just get away for a bit.  We have found that anything before noon is a great time to hike.  For this hike we started at Moses Cone Park, hiked down to Trout Lake and then up to the top of Rich Mountain, about 10 miles round trip.  These are again very nice carriage trails.  On our way out, there was really no one around, I think we met one hiker with his dog, but otherwise our only hiking companions were the animals.  On our way back down we ran into more hikers and horses (with their riders of course), and by the time we were back at the park it was FULL!  It is so nice to get away like that.  Just the quiet of the morning, spending time with Jackson, I feel so much more connected to the world around me, and to Jackson after a great hike.  Sunday was very sunny until we reached the park, then it was overcast. Really nice hiking weather, but no view from the top of the mountain. Here are a few pics from our Sunday!

Some of our hiking companions.

This is about 1/2 way up the mountain and you can see we are in the clouds.

More hiking guides.  The cows might not like thistle but the bees seem to enjoy it.

And a deer that walked beside us for a while
Here is the view from the top in one direction, nothing but clouds.

And so we turned around to give you a view in the other direction, more clouds.

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