What is more refreshing than a walk by a rushing creek on a hot summer's day? Yesterday I hiked down to the Company Mill site in Umstead Park in Cary, NC. It's usually about a 20 minute walk from the parking lot to the Mill site, but yesterday I was dilly dallying, taking pictures. Here's a few of them, in an album you can watch in a 45 second slide show.
This hike is one of my favorites because of the rushing creek. I usually have to allow about 1 1/2 hours plus travel time for this one, but it is well worth it. There is some uphill and downhill walking and there are ruts and rocks, so it's not for really old folks. It is almost all shady, except for the walk to and from the parking lot, so it's a great choice for a steamy day.
No matter how ambitious you are, there is enough at Umstead. I have never hiked the entire Company Trail, which is only one of the many trails in the Park. I frequently see runners there, although there were none yesterday. You could easily throw your lunch and water in a backpack and spend the entire day hiking.
For more about Umstead Park: http://www.stateparks.com/william_b_umstead.html
Moving water entrances me. It is always changing, always making beautiful patterns of light and dark, freely expressing itself each moment with no attachment to any form. How does it feel to be the water?
My very first ever blog post! See you tomorrow.
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