I started this post several days ago and never finished so it may be a bit dated. About week ago was the first day of December. Where has the year gone?
I started the day off right, at church. Then, as much as I wanted to go hiking, the weather wasn’t particularly favorable for a walk in the park, at least not by my standards. I knew it wouldn’t be long before Shannon asked me, so I opened up the shed and brought in one storage container full of Christmas decorations. I spread them out on the dining room table so she could go through them. We were not quite ready for the tree but perhaps in a few days it too will be brought in, assembled and decorated.
It was a gloomy day, gray and cloudy, without a trace of sunshine. Much of the day I fell in and out of sleep, knowing I’d still have Monday.
As morning came around, I got myself together and after just a little while, decided it would be a nice enough day for a hike. Originally I’d planned to drive up to Edgar Evins State Park. Instead I decided to head over to Cedars of Lebanon again. This time I thought I’d try the Hidden Springs Trail.
Five miles should be just right.
This is my attempt at a “selfie”. I’ve decided I don’t like them. For one thing, I’m not very photogenic. I also tend to forget to smile. I took this one three times. Attempts one and two had no smile and made me look like I was mad. It’s hard to smile at a camera when there is no one behind it.
Lots of sinkholes and dry stream beds. I’d like to go back when there is water flowing. This was a pretty long hike. Mostly I was much further from being able to see a road, which I like. Once along the way I did have to cross a road to continue the trail.
It was very quiet except for birds. I only encountered one other person along the way, close to the end, who was walking his dog on the trail. Other than that, I had it all to myself. As I walked along, I would stop and listen to the quiet. It made me wonder. When I am not there, when no one is there, is that when God goes for a walk? It can be lonely walking in the woods all by oneself. It made me a little sad. Each time I take a hike I cannot help but think about Fawn and how much she loved the woods. As I’ve done before, I tried to imagine her here walking with me. At first it was easy but then the image would fade, like waking up from a dream. There is nothing to talk about when your alone. It’s just you and the trees. It was a good time to address God. I pray to Him at other times but it’s different there in the woods. Seeing no one around, I looked up to the sky and told Him some things I struggle with. I could talk to Fawn that way as well. I got the feeling that she and God were maybe watching and listening.
There were a couple of empty birds nests along the way. I was looking for deer, squirrels or anything moving but didn’t see a thing. I started to hear a loud rustling in the fallen leaves. I thought perhaps there was another person nearby but there wasn’t. At first I couldn’t figure out what it was then I saw the movement. It was several, very large, wild turkeys. Their footsteps were loud enough to have been a person.
After I arrived home I though it would be fun to spend some of Christmas in the woods if it snows and isn’t too cold.