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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Salem Lake on Christmas Day
|Railroad Bridge Refection|
Christmas Day is a great day for a hike....especially if there is a trail nearby....Salem Lake is not ten minutes from my home and the 7 mile loop has served as conditioning hike for the FBWG... today rather than vegging on the couch I left my hiking companion at home cooking Christmas dinner and set out for a training hike but I am glad I took my camera....what a great day at the lake!
The dam at Salem Lake was recently replaced and the lake was drawn down for nearly a year...it is now filling back up and wildlife...especially ducks are everywhere!
I am not familiar with the breeding habits of mallard ducks but whatever the season was, these guys were very busy as there are maturing young ducklings everywhere on the lake...so if you like ducks....Salem Lake is the place to see them!
The trail around the lake is a wide crushed sand and gravel path...easy on the knees and you will encounter many joggers and other hikers of every variety....but you will also be terrorized by the bicycles which will whiz around at frightening speed....don't zone out or you will get run over!
Every time I have hiked the lake trail I have rushed by this spot ignoring a small wooded trail that leads upstream along this inviting creek....but today was Christmas and I was looking for a present.....and I took the less traveled path and was rewarded with a gift better than what Santa brought.
It had rained for several days and the creek was up and as a result there were many nice small water falls...and for a moment I forgot I was in Winston-Salem.
As I walked up the wooded path I was able to walk across the rocks in the stream to take in the view from both sides of the creek.
I took a water break and sat on a large boulder and took in the view downstream. The woods were quiet, the silence only interrupted by the gentle roar of the water rushing over the rocks.... This will be a great place to visit in the fall!
While I was tempted to explore the creek further and the many other trails leading into woods away from the lake, I was reminded that I had another 5 miles to hike...so I returned to the loop trail.
On the downhill side of the marina, among the many improvements brought on by the dam construction is this new but rusty bridge....seriously a new bridge that is already rusty....go figure
The view from the bridge introduced me to the first of many wonderful reflections created by a cloudy winter afternoon on the still waters of Salem Lake.
At mile marker 6 thereabouts is a great view back to the marina...you can see the clouds reflected on the water from here as well but in this photo you see a spot of light in the left hand corner of the photo...it is the reflection of the sun spotlighting through the clouds!
I could not resist snapping this photo...seldom in the winter do you get a chance to have an interplay of color and the mirror-like reflections of the pine tree makes the scene actually appear in the photo prettier than I remember!
Look carefully at this picture and you can see Ole Sol peaking out from the clouds.
Look carefully at this picture and you can see Ole Sol peaking out from the clouds.
There is a wonderful rock outcropping on the northern shore of the lake from which you could grab some rays on a warmer day...today I enjoyed watching a duckling race
Somewhere along about mile marker 5, I could not resist resting my dogs on a newly erected park bench.
The view up the trail was nice but the sentiment expressed by the marker on the bench told a better story....I don't think I ever met Dick Peterson...seems like a great guy with a wonderful perspective on life....after all it was a reminder that we each should expect to receive a present not only on Christmas morn...but each and every day!
The Fat Bald White Guy really likes the Salem Lake Trail...it is the place I can go to stay in shape for my mountain adventures but it is also a great hike....Access is so convenient 10....the trail is great but too many crazy bike riders...7...scenery is improving as the lake fills back up....7.....Solid 7.5 trail...at 7 miles it is a bit long for some folks but just right for the FBWG,....Merry Christmas!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
From The Fat Bald White Guy
For to us a child is born, a son is given...
and his name shall be called Wonderful,Counselor, Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace...
|Piedmont Environmental Center|
|Moores Knob Trail|
|Hawksbill Mountain looking East|
|Lake James From Shortoff Mtn. Trail|
|Sitting Bear Mtn. Trail|
See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor nor spin. Yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his splendor was not dressed like one of these. Matt. 6:28-29
Look at the birds of the air. That they do not sow, neither do they reap nor gather into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you much more valuable to Him than they are? Matt. 6:26
|Table Rock Mtn. viewed from Hawksbill Mtn.|
For lo, He forms the mountains, and creates
the winds, and declares unto man what is His thought, that makes the morning darkness and treads upon high places of the earth. The Lord, the God of hosts is His name.
|Table Rock Mountain|
|Cathedral Falls-Linville Gorge|
Tremble, O earth at the presence of the Lord at the presence of the God of Jacob who turned a rock into a pool- the hard rock into a springs of water. Psalm 114:7-8
He cuts the rivers from among the rocks and His eyes sees every precious thing. Job 28:10
|View from Devils Cliff Trail|
He causes the vapor to ascend from the ends of the earth, He maketh lightning for the rain,He bringeth the wind out of His treasures. Psalm 135:7
He draws up the drops of water, which distills as rain into the streams. Job 36:27
The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it, for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. Psalm 24:1-2
I am the Lord, the Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King-who made a way through the sea; a path through mighty waters. Isaiah 43:15-16
Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare: "Rivers of living water will flow from his heart". John. 7:38
|Bathtub Falls -Basin Cove|
I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, to all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. Rev. 21:6
|Gully Creek Trail- Cumberland Knob|
|Spence Ridge Trail- Linville Gorge|
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and the tender branch thereof will not cease. Job 14:7
And He that sat on the throne said: "Behold I make all things new" Rev. 21:5
|Bluff Mountain Trail- Doughton Park|
Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many I say to you will seek to enter and not be able. Luke 13:24
|Hagan Stone Park|
You make known to me the path of life,you fill me with joy in your presence,with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corin 2:9
|Cottontail Falls-Linville Gorge|
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. For the Lord God is great, the great king above all gods. In His hands are the depths of the earth and the mountain peaks belong to Him...Come let us bow down and worship... for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care. Psalm 95:1-7
"It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did...for millions of people who have lived sine, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life, but a new way of living it. It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold number of ways, have been grasped by the child who was born so caught up in the message he taught and the life he lived that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with him."
All the pictures in this blog post were taken by the FBWG during his exploits on the hiking trails in North Carolina and Virginia. If this is the first time you have you have viewed this blog please take time to check out our adventures in previous blog posts. FBWG