What a great day for a hike …. and what a beautiful place ! Walnut Mountain Park on a summer day. The afternoon was hot, humid and sunny but the woods were cool and fragrant. Dappled sun bounced off branches and trees.
Leaves swayed lightly as a soft breeze blew past us. A milkweed patch was busy with orange and yellow monarch butterflies. A grassy field dotted with goldenrod opened before us…..and we hiked on…..
We headed straight up the hill but along the way found marked paths branching off that intrigued us. I wanted to take the one marked “easy”, but was out-voted by my 2 hiking partners who opted for something more challenging. I didn’t protest as I was enjoying the scenery along the way.
The path circled on through woods & fields. A trickle of slow moving water over green mossy rocks turned hard soil into soft mud.
Walking-sticks in hand we entered a clearing …. and sunlight up ahead. The woods have to be experienced slowly. There is so much to see!
Walnut Mountain Park ….. enjoy it……. keep it clean & beautiful…… and don’t litter !