I thought yesterday was hot, I was wrong. It is a scorcher this morning, it feels more like noon when I left at 7:45 am. When I step outside my sunglasses totally fog over leaving me blind. This is my first summer in the South and I am on a learning curve. The park entrance area at the Arlington Lawn is empty, this is very unusual.
As I head up into the park I am glad to have a large contain of Hot Springs water. The heat and air feel heavy and add to my workout as I climb up onto Hot Springs Mountain. Nothing appears to be moving accept for me. I hike up the Dead Chief Trail and when I begin the short Cut Trail I spot a group of Ladies nearing the top of the first incline. The YaYa Sisterhood could not be stopped by an overheated Arkansas morning.
At the top of the mountain I head over to the Hot Springs Mountain Trail as a light delicious breeze delicately drift over the path. I stop to have a drink to savor both the cool water and gentle breath of wind. It is a beautiful hike down the the Honeysuckle Trail. I continue my hike to the Peak Trail, I look down at the base of a large Tree and see wonderful Fungi. They are sprout up everywhere in singles and pretty clusters. The subtle color, shapes and textures are wonderful.
Further down the Trail I notice the Moths are still doing battle with insects on the same Tree as they were the week before. The Yellow Jackets have been replaced by Vespid Wasps. The Moths congregate and the wasps dive bomb them. I would love to know more about the relationship between the Moths and Wasps, if you know please leave a message in the comments box.
From the Peak Trail I head down the Tufa Terrace to the Promenade. When I reach the Promenade I am greeted by another Moth when it lands on the brick work it appears to be brown and orange. As I move away it follows me and lands on on a surface of Stone and concrete and its coloring takes on a blue cast. I love how Nature can repaint her beauty based on environment. It has been a wonderful morning in the park.
Let you soul out to play by visiting Nature everyday!