Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Rains Stopped, the Sun Came Out and So Did We

We have had a few days of rain and been unable to get out and hike more of the trails here at Chewacla but today the weather cleared and was overcast to partly sunny so we decided to do some exploring.  We began not really knowing where we would end up but that was okay. We decided to head down to the lake and see where that would take us from there.  You could tell there had been a lot of rain because the lake was full and brown in color but very calm.  
We could see a couple people out across the lake fishing and hoping they were having luck, so we decided to take the trail around the lake.
                 



As we walked, there were a few john boats on the shore lines below the cabins that the back end of the boat was full of water from all the rains.  
             
 

Luckily they were pulled far enough up on the shore line as to not being in danger of slipping into the water.  As we rounded the back side of the lake we saw a CCC hiking trail that led away from the lake so we decided to follow that path.  As we walked through the woods, we ventured out into an open area and a field in front of us and up on the hill to the left was a pavilion in the park. 
                            
               
             

             

That open area put us on an old unused paved road, so we followed it.  As we walked down that road and started up a hill, we noticed another open area with several rv’s parked and realized they were being stored there.  Wow, it is amazing what you may see as you explore virgin territory.  We continued up the hill on the road and Gerri noticed a few large hawks flying above us so I snapped a few pics, but did not have my large zoom lens with me. 
                 


Soon they flew into unreachable areas, so we continued up the hill.  As we made it to the top of the hill, we could hear massive waters going over the waterfall down below, so that is where we headed.  Sure enough, we had made a long about hike to the waterfalls.  



After we enjoyed the rushing of the water at the waterfall, we decided to take the trail around the lake to make our way back to our rv since it was clouding up again.  When we got home we sat out for a bit and as we got up, we knew we had made a good hiking trek today as we were sort of tired but it was a good tired.  It was a great day and we enjoyed the exploring.
                     

7 comments:

  1. I find walks without a clear destination are often the best. Spring has arrived in our neck of the woods. All the azaleas are blooming, and the pine pollen is flying. A very unusual Winter. smiles...jc

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  2. I love that first reflection photo. Always gives me so much comfort.

    Beautiful photo of the flying hawk. Great job. And the waterfalls is awesome. I love looking at waterfalls and waves. They both make me feel so relaxed.

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  3. Your photographer has a great eye and is putting the new camera to good use. Always love your pictures. So good to hear you are able to get out and enjoy the beauty of the season.

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  4. Nice hike..... looks like you got in a LOT of steps.

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  5. Great post...I enjoy those type of walks..clears the mind and I always feel closer to my "Maker"...Photo's are looking good...thanks for sharing...Horst sends

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  6. Even though we are loving the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, seeing these beautiful photos of the woods, and the lake, and the rushing waterfall, makes me look forward to going north again.

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  7. It is nice to get out after a fresh rain and explore new areas.

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