Afternoon Solo Hike

IMG_2135The hike almost ended as soon as it began. The aroma of skunk floated along the trail, not strong enough to sting the nose and eyes but definitely there.

I slowed and kept a sharp eye on the surrounding area, but never saw any black and white furry creatures roaming though the underbrush. After walking about another hundred feet down the path, the pungent odor disappeared. Relieved, I resumed my pace.

A sense of conquering and excitement IMG_2160bubbled up inside as I hiked alone.

No schedules or goals existed except my own, and those were subject to any whim that came to mind.  I could stop to snap pictures, take a short walk up a side trail, or rest at any time. The day was mine to enjoy.

Although autumn, the leaves had not yet burst into colorful hues. Instead, trees and bushes wore weary green attire.

Yet I noticIMG_2158ed a hidden grandeur along the trail, like the gnarled tree trunk devoid of its bark, and fading summer flowers draped across a rocky outcrop.

I snapped picture after picture, but the camera only caught a glimpse of the actual beauty.

Several hours of walking through God’s creation leftIMG_2167 me physically tired, but refreshed and relaxed.

The solo hike…ahhh…try it sometime.

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About Kathie Mitchell

Kathie enjoys country living, time with family, playing cornet in community bands, crafts, gardening, and writing.
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2 Responses to Afternoon Solo Hike

  1. What a nice blog post. I was able to walk right beside you with your wonderful descriptive narrative.

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