Monday, April 9, 2012

How Easter was saved

In the end, Easter was saved.  Late in afternoon, we drove to McCormick's Creek State Park to hike.  Hiking is one of my favorite ways to worship.  We headed out on trail five.
Trail 5
 As you can see, most everything is leafed out and green.  (Is "leafed out" a real term or one of mine? Oh well, you know what I mean!)
 Wildflowers blooming everywhere.

 There is an old stone building on the main falls trail- probably built by the Civilian Conservation Corp.
From the outside

from the inside

steps beside the stone building
 more wildflowers along the trail


Solomon's seal (with the part hanging down, not the purple)

Star flower


the power of water
 A small cave at the park, Wolf Cave, is now closed due to the White Nose Syndrome.  I love bats and love to see them come out at night fall.  I hope they find out how to combat this awful situation.  I read some information at the park and it said that to date it is believed that a million bats have died due to this!  Do you know that bats eat mosquitos?  They are our friends. 
I believe the last time I went through this cave was with my son.  Neither of us had a flashlight so we went through it using only the light from our cell phones!  This cave is small and wet and in the end you have to slither out.  (It used to take us only ten to fifteen minutes to get through.)
Wolf cave

closed due to White Nose Syndrome
 Here I am just as we were leaving the park.  I said to Doug "pull over and take my picture with the sign."  Growing up, whenever we would visit a park, my parents would take a photo of me and my brother and sister with the sign.
me- as we were leaving
On the way home, Doug pulled in to an ice-cream place.  I said "what are you doing?"  He said "buying you ice-cream."  I said "I was at my lowest (again) this morning and I don't want to blow it.  I don't need it and neither do you." 
We came home and I baked the pork tenderloin for dinner.  I cried a lot of tears on Easter.  I guess that is what I needed to do.  Thank you for all of the love and words of wisdom.  In the end, the day was saved.  Nothing warms my soul like being in the woods.  It was sixty-four degrees and as you can see, in the end, a beautiful day in more ways than one. 


Holly said...

Sooooo soooo pretty. "leafed out" is a definately a real term, I've just never heard it before but I like it.

MamaMonki said...

Your pictures made me think of mushroom hunting in the woods with my dad. I was always more interested in picking all the wildflowers then in finding the mushrooms and so many of the ones you had pictures of were ones I had in my bouquet.

Glad Easter turned out better than it started. You're still in my thoughts and prayers.

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^..^Corgidogmama said...

I love this park, and your entry today really did it justice. Your photos are wonderful!
Sure hope that this little trip made you feel better. I get blue too when holidays occur. Life is not the same now that the kids are grown, and have their own lives, in other states, making their own family memories. Hate it, hate're smart to be making new ones for yourself though. Smarty pants!!!

Kris said...

I'm glad you got out in the fresh air. That is always a good thing! Leafed out is a term we use here all the time. You got some great shots!! Love it!!!
Hugs to you Cheryl.


Looks like the walk did you a world of good. Those bluebells were sweet. Your photos captured the moment. Take care.

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