Monday, November 24, 2008

Big Creek Trail, Laura S. Walker State Park

Since the desiccated disk in my neck is ailing again, Sweetie took me for a much needed walk at our local Laura S. Walker State Park near Waycross, Georgia. It's a lovely, quiet place. We strolled through the mature growth piney woods and made observations along the way.

The start of the trail is across a paved road just outside the camping area.

The trail is well marked.

Shady trails add to the adventure.
(I wish our driveway was this overgrown ... no mowing!
I'm really into 'natural' gardening these days.)

Anybody out there know what this is? Anybody? No?!
Ok, it's a 'cat faced' Long-leaf pine tree.
This tree was once tapped for turpentine.

Lions and tigers and bears ... oh MY!!
NOW they tell us!!?? Yipes!
Closed?? Close to what?
After that bear sign, I'm NOT leaving the trail!

Sawtoothed Palmetto are prevalent in our woods.
The little birdie's love palmetto bushes, especially the Towhee.

"The long and winding road ..." uh, trail.
There's one area that crosses the swamp.
It was very cool, dark and damp there.

Last leg of the journey.
The Bald Cypress is the only conifer in the US that is deciduous.

And, that's all there is. Journey is over.
I hope you enjoyed the walk as much as I did. I know I say it frequently, but this part of Georgia is so pretty and so very photogenic. It's especially nice when the bugs have disappeared for the rest of the year. [smile] There is something about 'communing' with nature that always makes me feel even closer to God the Father.
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Iva said...

Honey! You were in my neck of the woods! (Literally! LOL) I live in Waycross...and it sure is purty, isn't it?

How long did the nature trail take you to walk? I was thinking of taking the kiddos on Wednesday since the parking is free.

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Howdy Iva,
You're a 'neighbor' then!? We live about 30 minutes from Wx outside of Patterson. It's a small world after all. :o)
The walk only took us about 30 minutes but we stroll more than power walk these days. The trail is only 1.3 miles long, I think. Very easy.
Enjoy! And have a splended Thanksgiving y'all! ♥ ∞

Iva said...

30 minutes sounds like a good-length walk for my bunch. Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds and looks like a place I would enjoy. A good stroll, especially after a Thanksgiving meal.

buffalodick said...

Nice walk! Nice photos of your part of the world...

Linda said...

How beautiful! What a nice, lovely day you had♥. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you..

Rosezilla said...

Oh, I love the nature walks, thankfully we have lots of trails and preserves around here. Just makes you relax all over even while you're getting exercise, doesn't it? Happy Thanksgiving to you!

MuseSwings said...

I enjoyed my beautiful and enlightening walk with you! Thank you especially for keeping the bears away.
My dog Lucy is deciduous.

Janeen said...

That was beautiful! Reminds of the Anne of Green Gables books!