This past Friday was my birthday. I decided to take the day off from work! I am glad that I did...they do a guided hike every Friday at 8AM at Arabia Mountain. Very much hoping that Ranger Robby would be the guide, I arrived at the Nature Center with hope in my heart. YES! There was a smiling Ranger Robby! When I told him that it was my birthday, he told me that he had something special to show me on the hike, for my birthday!
Ready? Lace up those boots and let's go!
The above photo was taken at about halfway through the hike. We walked down this trail and then, turned back around. We walked for just over 2 hours! Can you see that the tree over the trail has somehow been blown over but it continued to live and the branches are growing up? They named the trail just beside this tree "Boomerang Trail" since the tree looks very much like a boomerang, of course! (Do kids even know what those are anymore?)
Very early in our walk, Robby stopped and said "Happy Birthday".
I looked all around, I looked up at the beautiful trees and wondered what it was!! He said, "look down". And there on the forest floor, were these exquisite little beauties...they are Pink Lady Slippers!
My photo is not very good, I am sorry, they were beautiful, trust me! (I have read that this flower is unusual in Georgia...it reminds me of myself! The UNUSUAL part anyway! HA!)
Look at this pink flower beside the lake! It is a native azalea, and there were several of these bushes blooming there. (Robby posed beside this one for me!)
This gorgeous stream is just beside the trail! And just beside it and just coming into bloom...
Mountain Laurel! If you live in the Atlanta area, you might know this from the North Georgia mountains, but I promise you that this was blooming at Arabia Mountain! (It also blooms at Stone Mountain, someone will have to tell me if they have seen it at Panola Mountain, I bet it is there too!)
In the photo above, that is what the mountain laurel looks like when it is in tight buds but when it blooms, it is a very pale pink, almost white...and the flower petals look like delicate parasols. Just lovely.
Again, when we were beside this stream, Robby said, "Happy Birthday". And once again, it took a while for me to see the blooms! Thank you, Robby! I am most certainly "in the pink" after this wonderful hike!
Look! We are on our way back to the Nature Center now and Ranger Robby is walking beside the red diamorpha which has tiny white flowers on the very top-the red and white combined makes it look pinkish, doesn't it? It's gorgeous, I love it.
Hope you enjoyed this hike with me! (Richard didn't go, he was doing necessary errands but by doing so, it allowed me to go on this hike! Thanks to my sweet husband for this treat!)