As I begin my hike there are signs and tents proclaiming it is “Discover Nature” Day. It is exciting to think many people who might not visit the park regularly are having an adventure here today.
It’s in the details that we witness the birth of spring in the forest. Today the park has a light green glow of the baby leaves sprouting from once barren branches. I head up the Dead Chief and connect to the Short Cut Trail, stopping along my journey to view the delicate green and red emerging. For the second day I see two young men plotting out different hiking routes to complete with friends. I am happy to see another generation enjoying the park, most of the hikers I see are are my age or a bit older.
The Wildflowers are spectacular up top at the Pagoda, the jewel tones of the Spiderwort still draw me to them. Their beauty stands out against the new rich spring greenery. There are still a few glorious Cherry blossom left on a tree near the Rocks along the trail. The new leave frame the last of the blooms, they are so beautiful.
I am just starting to hike along the east side of Hot Spring Mountain Trail when a tour group of thirty comes up from behind me. A young scout is trailing behind, I suggest he look up just as a Turkey Vulture flys low over the Trail. Sometimes we have to follow a new path, so I head over to the west side of the trail and am greeted by a sweet Tufted Titmouse high in the Tree above me.
The trail is spectacular, large pods are opening on branches to reveal wondrous clusters of new leaves. Elusive squirrels are darting about like small rockets, nearly running each other over. Several Trees along the trail have delicate white blooms that appear to flicker in the light breeze. Sweet Pussy Toes Wildflowers are sprouting up all over the park, today I spot them on both the Short Cut and Hot Springs Mountain Trails.
Once I reach the Honeysuckle Trail I connect to the Peak Trail and head down to the Promenade. I am fascinated by the unfurling of the Leaves on several of the Trees in the lower part of the park. Each Tree has a unique way giving birth to baby leaves. It has been a lovely Spring Day in the park, the rains are expected later to renew the forest.
Thank You for sharing my journey, with you along I am never alone.
Love to You All!