Most of you know that Ella has been visiting me for the past 6 weeks, and we’ve had a lot of fun (even when thoroughly embarrassing my teenagers, LOL).
Our Sunday was a busy one. The group I sing with leads worship on the second Sunday of each month and while I brought Ella along in September (that post is here), she was just feeling too frisky to be let loose this time! Obviously, I had to plan something to help her get her wiggles out!
By 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, Ella was dressed in her best hiking attire and SnakeMaster was in his scout uniform. (Ella seems to behave best when SM is with her. She knows an elephant lover when she meets one!) Our first stop was an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for a young friend of ours. Ella BEGGED this handsome young Eagle Scout to pose for a picture with her. 😛
After a lovely reception (with a meal to fortify even the heartiest elephant for what lay ahead), we jumped into SuperDad’s truck for Ella’s Appalachian Trail adventure!
Here she is at our “trail head” (since the A.T. runs from Maine to Georgia, these are really just jumping-on points).
When Ella saw SuperDad’s roomy backpack, she climbed aboard! 😛
Who wouldn’t want to hike on a beautiful day and on a beautiful trail like this one?
Of course, that lovely scene above is a tame portion of the trail — some of it is MUCH rockier. There were several creeks/ creekbeds to cross, with fallen pine needles and leaves hiding the wet spots. Are the rocks in the middle stable or wobbly? Step on one and find out! 😛
Mercifully, the mosquitoes had been chased away by our recent dropping temperatures.
We named this stop “Ella’s Rest.” She had worked up a thirst!
Then it was time to resume our hike.
Ella thought the lichen, fungus, and rocks were quite interesting.
And who could resist views like this?
The purpose of our hike was to view the beautiful Autumn scenery and to enjoy the sunset on one of our last warm fall days. We stayed at our favorite turn-around spot until dusk had fallen.
I had to brighten the above picture to the point where it looks like those 2 hikers are in deep shadows during daylight hours; in truth, the sun had set and it was time to start our return trek to the truck. (Say that 5 times, fast!)
We made it back to “Ella’s Rest” in time to enjoy the final vestiges of afterglow in the western sky.
While Ella sat with SuperDad and SnakeMaster, I was text-messaging friends across the country:
“Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the dark!”
because I’m a geek. 😛
[Isn’t technology fun?]
Still, this geek managed to NOT trip badly enough to bruise anything and I only wandered off the trail once. SnakeMaster chatted about the infamous evil deer each time we heard rustling footsteps in the brush but no glowing red eyes actually blocked our path home. FINALLY Ella confessed to sitting on the 2 small LED headlamps, which we used off-and-on for the remainder of our journey.
I wish I could have taken a photograph of what I saw when I looked straight up: starlight shining in a clear sky amongst the treetops. It was absolutely Beautiful.
This is the end of my adventures with Ella Phlint here in Kcinnova’s World. She has been chomping at the bit to return to her own home and is ready to ride off into the sunset.
Doesn’t every cowgirl need a pair of pink boots? 😉
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