Saturday, May 11, 2013

State Park

I recently went to a state park not far from my home.  It was a nice afternoon and in the middle of the week.

I was surprised that the road into the park was closed.  Later I learned the road was covered by water in six places due to the heavy spring rains.

The flooding was not massive but it was enough to close the road.  There is something special about moving water.  I liked watching it come through these blocks.

I was surprised at the number of people who left their cars behind (as I had done, too) and ventured into the park.  If you wanted to get across the flooded areas you had to carefully walk over blocks like the ones shown above. 

These two hikers were carefully stepping across the blocks.

To be honest, even though the water is not deep it still gives you a bit of an uneasy feeling to walk across.  The top of the blocks are a little wet and slippery so you have to be careful.

You also have to be careful when you hike up the steps that have been provided if you want go up the trail.

The hike up starts very gradually but eventually when you look back you see you are actually getting pretty high up.

Here is another view of the trail.  It is actually well maintained overall.  With the railing and level walking area it is very user friendly.

Of course hikers are reminded to stay on the trail (just in case they might have other ideas).  In this spot where a rail is broken away, it is a long ways down though it may not look like it in this photo.

Sometimes the best things to see are the smallest.  As it is still very early in the growing season there is not a lot of colour - but this very small flower caught my eye.

Just getting out in the fresh air and walking is good.  However, I am looking forward to seeing more colour soon.


Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful park and of course we all are curious and want to see.....whatever. I, too, love the water running through and around the blocks.

We do not leave halters on in pasture but Dally was at an arena and I think Kylee was just being silly with him, too.


Hilary said...

That looks like a lovely area to walk despite the flood. And those first flowers of spring always call to us, don't they? Lovely pics, Russell.

A Lady's Life said...

What beautiful pics!
The flower is delicate and beautiful and the park looks very natural the way it's supposed to look.
Railings... yes.
Good railings are always appreciated. :)