Okay I have been a bit stir crazy for the past few days trapped inside by a string of storms. When I went to bed last night the weather prediction indicated two more days of rain with possibility of lightning. When I woke up this morning it seemed so light out I thought my watch had stopped. No, I had not slept in. While I was sleeping the clouds had parted and there was a hint of a blue sky. The new green was shimmering across the mountains of Hot Spring National Park.
In less than an hour I prepped my gear and was out the door to hike in the emerging Rainforest. White Dogwood blooms and pink Red Bud blossoms glowed in the early morning light as I headed up into the park. I was surprised the delicate petals had survived 3 days of heavy rain and wind.
Part way up the mountain I stopped to enjoy the sunrise with a crowd that was gathered at the Dead Chief Trail. The glorious winged group included Cedar Waxwings and Cardinals. Each took a turn at summoning the light with songs to entice the sun over the top of Hot Springs Mountain.
As I hiked up to the top new growth was gently encasing me in a trail funnel of green. Beautiful rain battered wildflowers dotted the edges in purple, pink and yellow. Spectacular Swallowtail Butterflies flitted along the new green leaves and blossoms. It was a perfect morning in the Forest.
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Love to ALL!