Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Beautiful Day for a Hike

Despite the fact that I had a migraine, again, I wanted us to get out of the house and enjoy this gorgeous day. So we packed a bag and headed out to my favorite place in Birmingham - Oak Mountain State Park. The weather was perfect, a little on the cool side, but not cold, and not a single cloud in the sky. We decided to try a new trail today so we headed to the north side of the park, and let the girls choose the trail. Heading down the White trail, with the girls leading the way, I knew it was going to be a great hike. We stopped for lunch and to practice our balancing skills on a few fallen trees, and we really enjoyed the hike through the barren trees, with the sunlight streaming through. In the summer, the trees block the sun and make the forest seem so dense, but in the winter, you can see for miles across the valleys. It was spectacular. Much of the hike was along a stream; it was nice to see water in the park because everything was so dry this summer.

We reached Maggie's Glen and decided to take the Yellow trail back to our car. This trail took us through a couple of groves of young pine trees, and Abby called these the fairy forests. This hike was about 3 miles, and I really expected the girls to get tired and start complaining, but they never did. Abby went fast the whole time, with Perry trying to keep up, and Sarah and I kept a slower pace, enjoying the scenery and listening to the birds.

We were all very happy to cross the bridge back at the beginning of the trail, and get into our car. But we were also very proud of ourselves and happy that we'd had such a beautiful walk.

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