Wednesday, October 13, 2021



I thought it would be a good day to walk or just go for a hike. 
I walked the barely perceptible Winter Ice Cave Trail near Weister Creek. 
It was a bit messy and muddy from the August flash floods and heavy rains.

The beaver dam had been swept away too.

I spent some time just listening to the water sweep by me and then I turned and decided to go up over the top.

Here I am standing holding onto a branch to show the depth of the flash flood waters that came through here earlier this summer.

I went up and up and followed what could have been a deer or old trail from days long ago. The land in this area is not like any other place I've been. Up and up a person goes with thigh burning inclines. At the 'top' there is a sharp decline with a gully of sorts at the bottom.

But there are trails if you can spot them. The land has its own wicked and beautiful shapes. Here is where I stopped on a 'point' to have an apple and gaze down on Weister Valley. 

I went looking specifically for fungi and ended up just finding myself breathless at the scenery. I've never gone 'over' the top that I can recall before. I found more potential Ice Caves.

Most of all? 
I think I found myself.

Deep in the forest I stroll
to hear the wisdom of my soul...
The trees still the mind
and the deeper you go....
the more the soul's port widens.
Within that space
wisdom whispers.

~Angie Weiland Crosby

[Most of these were shot with my TG6 pocket camera. And there was some editing for color involved. The rest of the hike ... later.]


  1. What nice photos, the forest floor is so pretty, another great hike for you!

    1. Thank you. I didn't want to leave!

  2. A special Val kinda hike for sure! Love the fitting poem. Your photos make the area look so pretty, must have been spectacular to experience in person. Glad you had such a wonderful hike!!

    1. I walked along the top of the bluffs and ridge top and from where we hiked this spring. It is demanding terrain, however it was so incredible. The colors were a bit more vibrant as I saw them...or imagined them?

  3. Beautiful area.
    Was it MLK that said...I have been to the mountain top.
    I think he also found his soul there.

    1. Thank you, it is an incredible area.


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