Exploring Nature One Step At A Time

Chipmunk, Squirrel, Lizards, Rocks and Wildflowers on the Hot Springs Trails

Hot Springs Mountain Trail Chipmunk Standing

Sunny skies welcomed me as I entered the park and the bird song was spectacular.  I was greeted on the Carriage Road by a Robin who had a now healed chest wound.  He sang a beautiful tune as he foraged for berries. He was reminder of how tough it can be living in the wild.

I decided to go up the Dead Chief Trail and was treated to the sighting of a lovely little squirrel watching another squirrel climb up a tree. Eventually they ended up in the up too near each other and a lively chase ensued. As I connected with the short cut trail I was treated to a beautiful display of colorful rocks.  The earth pushed up the perfect canvas for lichen and mold to paint, the hike up to the top was like an art gallery.

Next I traveled along to the Hot Springs Mountain Trail at the top and was treated to a beautiful chorus of songbirds. Not far into my hike on the eastern part of the trail loop a tiny head popped up next to me in the leaves.  I froze and a few minutes later the sweetest little chipmunk stood up looked around and headed out in search of food.

When I reached the halfway point  I was happy to get a phone call from my new friend Deb Dobson (Twitter @DebDobson).  She kindly chose me for her next blog, it is a cool series called “Meet a Tweep” and it a great place to check out people to follow. I thought it would fun for her to interview me while I was hiking.  Deb was having a hike with me and it was really fun to have someone along form the journey.

Part way up Hot Springs Mountain Road on my way to the overlook Deb and I parted company, I continued my hike.  I dropped down to the Goat Rock Trail and was treated to one of many delightful surprises.  I heard a noise and looked down just in time to a Pretty Ground Skink. I think Lizards cool, I realize I have have another subject to read up on.   Further along I spotted several new Bird-Footed Violets along the sides of the path.  I found another violet and as I leaned over to look, another lizard appeared.  I tiny little thing I could not believe I spotted it. It was little female Prairie Lizard.  The Goat Rock Trail was a feast for the eyes Painted rocks, tiny lizards and wildflowers.

Next I took the Gulpha Gorge Trail and was happy to see a  black-capped chickadee working on it’s new home.  It appeared to be the same on I had seen a few days before.   A few yards from the top I spotted a larger lizard darting up a tree.  It was a mature male Prairie Lizard with beautiful Blue and Turquoise scales on his belly.   What an amazing adventure I was having meeting so many wonderful creatures of the forest.

I connected again with the Hot Springs Mountain Trail, then to the Honeysuckle and over to the Floral Trail.  As I was leaving the park a Northern Mockingbird with an unusual beak landed on the bush next to me.  It turned, looked me straight in the eye then performed and a series poses.  It was an impressive disiplay to end my day in the  park.

Love to You ALL!  Get out and play everyday!
Love,
Lee

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2 responses

  1. Deb Dobson

    I so very much enjoyed being along part of your hike with you and talking with you. You do beautiful work and thank you for your passion for our National Parks.

    March 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    • It was lovely to have you along Deb!
      Big Hugs and Love,
      Lee

      March 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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