A Round Tuit Hike

IMG_2293For years I wanted to hike the Lake Shore Trail along Little Pine Creek (not to be confused with Pine Creek). But as often happens in life, I never got “a round tuit”.  That is until last week when Scoop and I drove up to Little Pine Valley.

IMG_2305Lake Shore Trail begins at the top of the Little Pine Lake dam, turns at the spillway, and follows the foot of the mountain until reaching the flood plain. A short but steep climb greets one as the trail loops around and leaves the flood plain to join once again with the mountainside.

IMG_2297The hike isn’t long, about 6 miles, which was to our benefit. Stunning views beckoned us in every direction and we had our cameras in hand more times than not.

IMG_2354We constantly marveled at God’s gorgeous creation and eventually had to stop pausing to take pictures so we would finished the hike on schedule.

Like all wonderful days, it came to an end. But there are other trails in the area we want to trek across. One good thing often leads to another and Little Pine Valley is no exception.

Milkweed pods gone-to-seed decorated the flood plain

Milkweed pods gone-to-seed decorated the flood plain

 

Tall grasses covered the flood plain but that section of trail was kept mowed and easy to follow

Tall grasses covered the flood plain but that section of trail was kept mowed and easy to follow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even this dead tree radiated a stark beauty

Even this dead tree radiated a stark beauty

 

 

 

The underside of the massive dirt-filled roots of a fallen tree

The underside of the massive dirt-filled roots of a fallen tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fragile beauty of a monarch

The fragile beauty of a monarch

 

 

The pine tree with the pictured eagles nest...the dark wad close to the center of the picture

The pine tree with the pictured eagles nest…the dark wad close to the center of the picture

 

 

 

 

An empty eagles nest high in the branches of a pine tree

An empty eagles nest high in the branches of a pine tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our fun shadow selfie. Goodbye for now!

Our fun shadow selfie.
Goodbye for now!

 

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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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