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In the glow of the the first light of morning I head into the park for hike in the glorious Autumn Forest. Heading up the Dead Chief and Short Cut Trails a breeze is blowing gently through the now dwindling leaves of the canopy above me. The changing leaves twirl and twinkle casting dancing light ranging from gold to rose. It is a glorious sunrise on the trail leading to the top of the mountain.
As I head down the Hot Springs Mountain Road I am struck how quickly the green has given way to to rust gold and brown. Even in the blue cast of early morning light the colors of the Autumn Forest are a feast for the eyes. On the Peak Trail I am dipped into a golden world of sparkling leaves. Every hike I am witness to great changes on the many trails in the park. As I watch the changing leaves I am reminded of my first hike up to the top of the mountain on the Peak Trail. It is hard to believe I will be celebrating my one year of anniversary of hiking in the park this November.
Nearing the promenade I can hear the chattering of juvenile Northern Mockingbirds battling for dominance. When I arrive on the promenade they are diving and pushing each other off Tree limbs and rails. It does not matter where I travel along the Promenade they are with me the entire journey. I Love the passion of their new life in the park. Today their songs seem to mimic the workers whistling as they repair a nearby roof. A young Squirrel is watching the antics perched on the side of a Tree with an acorn in it’s mouth. A mid air tussle sends the Squirrel dashing across the grass to a bigger Tree.
Suddenly the Forest goes silent and the wildlife all vanishes. I look up and see a large hawk surfing on a gentle breeze high above the park. It is a spectacular end my beautiful autumn morning hike. I Love the park.
Much Love to You ALL,