My mom and I decided to visit a new park today. We were deciding between two, and Apex Park won out because it had a trail called “Enchanted Forest”. We set out bright and early this morning in pursuit of a satisfying day of hiking in a new park. However, the said park did not want to be found. It was quite a frustrating drive and we never did figure out how to get in. It was close to Lookout Mountain, so we went there instead and hiked a bit this morning.
In the afternoon, we decided to try Elk Meadow Park, which was the 2nd park we were contemplating. We arrived about the same time as the second wave of afternoon showers, so most of our hiking today was in the rain. But that was ok because we had ponchos. I had been disappointed that we weren’t able to hike the Enchanted Forest trail, but turns out that this park had its own Enchanted Forest. Mist hung in the air, making the landscape feel like a watercolor painting. There were breathtaking views….
As well as lovely ponderosa and aspen stands.
Wildflowers glistened in the afternoon raindrops…..
Moss and lichen draped over tree trunks, rocks, and soil. Little green ferny plants were everywhere.
Quartz and granite glowed in the rain, the exposed bones of the mountain.
And mushrooms peeked up from their beds of soil.
I’m sure you’ll agree we ended up in Enchanted forest after all.
Blessings to you,