My front door was a revolving door of family and friends all weekend, leaving my heart happy and full of the stuff: laughter, love, home-cooked meals, hugs, family. It made sense to keep the good vibes going and complete the weekend with a hike…this time, to South River Falls. Rather than being greeted with snow and ice-covered trails like in January and February, we were greeted with blue skies, dripping icicles and fresh mud. The mountains are thawing…specks of green reaching to the sun. We squelched our way along the trail enjoying this time of transition in nature. My friend, Howard Zehr, is working on a photography series for his upcoming show that compares leaves to human aging. I thought a lot about his series as I walked and watched my kids explore that day, their grandfather by their side. The kids, like fresh little green buds. I also thought a lot about bears. I mean, it is Spring…and they’re probably pretty hungry. As much time as I’ve spent in the woods, I’ve only seen a real live bear once…just outside of DC, of all places. No bears today though. Just a few falling icicles that I was certain would have me for lunch…until I realized they were icicles. And icicles don’t have teeth. Or stomachs.
South River Falls! I can’t wait to see it again surrounded by more green!There’s always an injury. Next time, I will bring actual bandaids.
Beautiful weekend pictures, Brandy. And just so you know, I have seen more bears on hikes with Randy than I’d like to think about. I love to see them from the car on Skyline Drive, but not ahead of (or behind us) on a trail while hiking. It looks like it was a beautiful experience for the family. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for your comment and support, Shirley. I know there are more bears than Brandy’s on these hikes…but the beauty and memories of the hikes trumps my fear. 🙂
Lovely, as always.
Thank you so much, Cara!
Great pictures!! South River is one of my favorite hikes. The wall of icicles is awesome. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much for the kind comment David…and for looking! 🙂