I wanted Richard to see the De Castro Trail head that I saw on Saturday and for us to walk on the trail together, for as long as we could stand the heat!
That is the river you see between the trees, the trail is quite high here and one little slip...well, you get the picture! It is a steep slope, there is land in between the trees and the river, you just can't see it. The sun was so bright on the water, it makes it hard to see. The trees here were lovely next to the trail. It was as if were in the North Georgia mountains!
Robert de Castro died in 1999 at the age of 91. You may read his obituary here. (Not sure what the 1991 date refers to, perhaps they named their retreat on this property "Kenwood" and that is the date it was built? Again, I am guessing, but I am very grateful for this gift to Rockdale County!) He donated 120 acres to Rockdale County with the stipulation that the land be used for the enjoyment of nature. This land is on part of the trail that connects all the way to the Monastery. You can see it on the map from my last post.
Look at this sign on the trail, it is on a stone that I am sure is from Arabia Mountain . If you look closely, you can see the marks that should be familiar to you if you are a regular reader of my blog! I am glad that this stone was thoughtfully placed here, to honor Mr. De Castro and to also point out the beauty of the rock from Arabia Mountain! And since I have my English heart, you can guess how much it pleases me to see a quote from Dickens!
This is the other side of the rock, the words are on the other side. See the markings on the right?
And see the bench? It is a long slab of rock placed on smaller slabs of rock, all this same beautiful stone.
Can you spot the anole in the photo above? Richard saw this little guy and it was amazing how closely his color is to the green leaves, this was on the Outcrop Trail at Panola Mountain. We also saw red headed woodpeckers and pileated woodpeckers. And the sweetest thing, just before we left, we heard the bird that likes to call Richard's name...we hear it quite often. " Rich-ARD".....sweet, sweet, sweet". That is what it sounds like to me anyway! Hope you hear a bird calling your name today! Here's to the enjoyment of nature!
Nature gives to every time and season some beauty of its own...changes so gentle and easy that we scarcely mark their progress. Charles Dickens