What is more wonderful
Than a sunset
No matter where it is.
No matter where it isSmiles like music
Uplift the soul.
I can feelYour smile
A collection of poems from comments.
A simple ride turned into a delight after not finding what I looked for over one hour or better. I was looking for a tract of prairie, 240 acres, so one would think an easy find. Here in the hill country it is hard to see every turn in the road. It seems when I am looking for something really intense, that I wander into more traffic. Why do they follow when I travel slower than speed limit? With the irritation of those who need to follow close, and frustration of not finding my area, I found an old area I had visited a few years ago.
I had remembered this being a very steep set of trails and took off heading to the top of a hill that was in front of me. It was a bit slick, the snow was melting and making the trail hard to maneuver on. I still had on my Sunday go to meeting clothes and needed a better tread on my boots rather than the riding boots I wore. With the warm weather I had hoped to find someone ready to take a horse out on the trails, but didn’t find anyone. Even with a few switchbacks, parts of this trail are often almost 60 degrees. I walked on the sides of my boots going up, not worrying about the trip down. Doing the splits a few times, I thought of a few people who could do this and not feel bad later, but I wasn’t one of these people.
I could tell by the rounded edges on the entire set of tracks I saw, that all had been along my route on previous days. I soon lost all except what I felt was a fox. Soon a turkey clan set of tracks joined us, much fresher on the trail. I hoped they were just ahead of me, but their keen eyesight and hearing kept them out of my sight. I looked across a steep gully and saw I was level with the top of the hill across from me. A doe rose up and let our distances enlarge, hoping to never meet. I could trace her trail better, watching her ascend done the steep hillside. I wondered if this might be a good descent heading back, but my clothes were too nice.
Walking across a saddle that joined two hills, I found the top of the ridge I had sighted below, was even higher with another slope. I walked out on the edge of a narrow ridge to look down on the trail I had walked and was amazed at the altitude I had climbed. As I climbed to the top I stopped and asked for health and happiness to all I know and love. I waited to catch the spirit of this wonderful hike and stood admiring the scenery the day offered. Walking back I had to walk in deep leaves and hold onto the saplings along the hillside so as not to fall again as I had on the way up. Five deer rose up when I side tracked over a hillside. They ran down the hill much faster than I felt I would ever try. Getting down onto a slight slope I still walked very carefully down to the parking. This will be an area to further explore, sometimes when you get to the top ridge you can go for a number of miles.