Yesterday John and I hiked a little over 5 miles at Edgar Evins State Park on Center Hill Lake. The park is about an hour from us, and I couldn’t wait to get started. We started out by eating Subway and snacks on a dock at the park in preparation for our hike. There is nothing like a slightly rocking dock on a broad body of water glistened by the sun.
The water was so high; there were a couple times when I had to either hop on John’s back to cross water (he’s the one with the waterproof boots) or we had to forge a path through woods. The path we took was rocky and steep with fallen trees forcing hikers to create new paths in place of the overtaken one. The view from the top of the ridge was gorgeous. The leafless trees allowed us to see the winding water in the distance.
We walked a little ways more, and finally stopped for snacks, and John made black tea with honey!
We also found some old glass bottles that were still sealed, with very little liquid inside.
After our short break, we turned and started back. When we returned to the top of the ridge, the sun began setting and its golden glow returned for its brief moment. The few dried leaves on the trees were lit, and when the wind blew, we stood and listened to its whir as it rattled the leaves, shaking any last signs of fall.
We continued walking, and in the little valley between the ridges, the air was moist and clear. We walked along a creek and found its beginning, rushing smoothly from the ground beneath a large tree’s roots.
We also found a couple old stone walls, one of which was very impressive. It was long and stacked perfectly. I still wonder where those walls came from, who built them, when, and why.
I’m so glad we made it out there yesterday. Hiking, especially near water, is the best. Just hike and think and talk. It’s the best.
When we returned home, we put some rice in the rice maker, put some brussel sprouts in a pan with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and John fried salmon. I had my food with a side of a salad and half of an avocado; John chose a sweet potato as his side.
Very satisfying and a great Sunday!