A while ago I met Aurora through reading some other blogs. We discovered that we both enjoyed photography and admired the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. On a whim I said we should get together and take a spring hike.
Yeah. I things like that don't often happen do they? I mean we all would love to meet some of the folks we interact via the internet. I did that years ago. Met up with a fellow horseback rider in Virginia when I went to visit my brother. She drove me up onto the Blue Ridge Parkway where we went hiking. Another time I met another photographer whose specialty was in Infrared.
None of us turned out to be an Axe Murder-er-er...
Oh and there are plenty of folks I'd never want to really meet up with.
There is a lot of fun in meeting other folks. Especially those who have the same interests. The whole idea was to find a fascinating area and explore it with all of our senses. Enjoying the outdoors and the landscape was the main reason we got together.
After consulting with the Charlie the Trail Boss, we headed out to a very very secret and very unknown trail. The land varies with each sweep of the hill or draw. The pines whisper of things long past. If a person stands quietly they can hear the old forest talking.
That is how it feels.
We made our way slowly along the valley with steep hills rising above us and a creek on our other side.
Charlie was watching her intently.
We were at the pine forest where the little bluffs started.
I asked her if she was alright.
And her reply didn't surprise me. It went somewhat like this:
I'm just soaking all of this in. You probably see this all of the time and yet I am struck by it. I just...have
to stand here and...
That may not be her exact words. But I knew exactly what she was feeling. In 1997, I was with Rich in about the same spot staring up at the trees---, the bluffs, the angle of the hills, the pines,---- and suddenly I was overwhelmed by it all. I'd come from Kenosha, land of flat and here I was suddenly immersed in what felt like a primitive forest or land.
At the time I was speechless and all I could do was sit on Buck the mule and stare. I was positive that fairies and dragons lived in this land.
I stood silent so pleased that this land struck her in the same way it had struck me so many years ago.
After all, didn't a dragon just poke his head around this stump?
Oh wait. I see him!
The Rock Faces!
Aurora asked if I saw the face in the rock. I said I did! She saw one face and I saw different one.
Here is the one I saw. The Sad Face. It looks like a statue from the Roman Empire that has been tilted.
Can you see it?
We left this valley and headed out the ridge.
More about that maybe next time.
I had the best time. Our hike/walk/adventure was fun. I enjoyed it with Aurora and seeing things through her eyes as she looked around. I do have to admit. KVR is overwhelming in so many ways.
I don't like to leave, I'd rather stay in the forest and hills and listen to the trees. Or...sit on top of Blackhawk rock and watch the world below awaken at sunrise.
Can I just turn into a Wood Sprite?