TRY THE TRAIL! That was the theme for this past Saturday, June 14th! The PATH trail officially opened all the way to the Monastery! If you have read my blog before, I have spoken of my love for the Monastery, for Arabia Mountain, and for Panola Mountain. Now, the Path trails connect all three! It is really a bike ride, but I can certainly walk large segments of it and you know that I have done so! On Saturday, I made it to the 8 am ceremony and ribbon cutting at the Monastery. (I took the best photo of two monks standing beside one of the beefy bikers, but since I don't have their permission to show them, you will just have to take my word for it!)
There were all kinds of events planned for this new trail celebration. There was a booth with the Extension Service telling us of the top ten trees on the trail, and of course I had to make sure that I got to that one! (I will try to do a post on the trees by themselves: they deserve it.) They had archery and kayaks at Lake Alexander at Panola State Park and I am happy to tell you that I spent over two hours at that lake and took advantage of both of those offerings! Hey! Who would guess that I could use a bow and arrow? And I had never been inside a kayak in my life, but KAY CAN KAYAK!!
Before I did those two activities, I walked on the outcrop trail at Panola Mountain, and saw some more Fire pinks blooming!
I love this wildflower!
The early morning light on the trail was lovely. I had this trail all to myself and I heard nothing but birdsong.
Part of the Rockdale River Trail has been opened for a while, I took these photos back in April.
This bridge crosses over the South River and is the longest bridge on any of the Path trails!
This is the view from the middle of the bridge. Now, you know why it is the Rockdale River Trail!
This bridge is part of the trail, it is over busy Highway 212. As you walk the trail from the Monastery, you must cross over this highway. I am grateful for this bridge! Do you have any idea how wonderful and unusual a pedestrian bridge is in this area? It's like a miracle!
These were the arrows that I shot at the archery event! Hey, I didn't get the bulls-eye every time, but I was very pleased with this!
Look at what was waiting near my car in the parking lot to say good day to me as I was leaving!
Hey, this guy was just like me...hanging out at Panola Mountain!
(Remember the snake that our friend Steve rescued back in November at Panola Mountain? Maybe this is the same one!)
The BEST part of this new trail, it leads to the peace and serenity of one of my favorite spots in the world, the Monastery right here in Rockdale County.