Hi y’all! I’m treating myself and my friends to monthly reflections, this year. These are meant to help me keep track and make sense of things. I am one of those creative types that flourish in clutter and chaos. I’m also the first to admit that my way is no way to keep any sort of order.
Our January Reflection is courtesy of the Vickery Creek portion of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and Lao Tzu.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
Nature does not hurry… Reflections and Explorers Log, January 2015
January was a busy and stressful way to start 2015. Despite the fact that I feel like I’ve done a lot of running around and not accomplished much of anything, we did complete the trail system at Sweetwater Creek State Park and I was named Georgia’s Official Outdoor Explorer by Explore Georgia. These are both big deals to me. I’m not well-known for finishing things. In fact, I like to leave things unfinished for some reason I’d rather not question. So, hiking a park’s entire trail system was a milestone for me and my boys. As for being named the Official Outdoor Explorer, I’m ecstatic – however, I have been unnecessarily stressing over whether or not people really want to read anything I write. My goal, for February, is to relax and go with the flow. Everything seems to be falling into place quite nicely and I don’t know why I’m stressing about it so much.
Explorers Log, January 2015
Jan 1 Red Top Mountain State Park & Sweetwater Creek State Park – Quick visits to these two popular Georgia State Parks
Jan 3 Kennesaw Mtn Nat’l Battlefield – Cheatham Hill – Misty morning hike to the Illinois Monument. There were deer.
Jan 5 Springer Mtn Summit AT – An icy hike with Georgia’s Family Travel Explorer to the summit of Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail
Jan 7 Sope Creek CRNRA and Sweetwater – Exploring mill ruins in the winter, when the vegetation has died back.
Jan 10 Snow Mtn at Stone Mountain [Explore Georgia] – A chilly day tubing down a snow-covered memorial lawn.
Jan 17 Yellow Trail at Sweetwater Creek State Park – A hurried hike before the sun set on us.
Jan 19 Bear Creek Trail to Gennett Poplar – Excellent weather for hiking to a famed giant, old-growth poplar in North Georgia.
Jan 20 Red and White Trails at Sweetwater – Another day of excellent weather to complete the Sweetwater trail system.
Jan 25 Wild Horse Trail off Silver Comet Trail – A relaxing stroll along a side trail of the Silver Comet Trail.
Jan 26 Georgia 2015 Travel Guide celebration at Biltmore – Georgia Tourism’s celebration for Georgia’s 2015 Travel Guide.
Jan 27 Vickery Creek Chattahoochee National Recreation Area – A short afternoon hike.
Jan 28 Island Ford Chattahoochee National Recreation Area – Tranquil hike along the banks of the Chattahoochee.