Well, my girl, I laced up my hiking boots today, January 1, 2015, and took a road trip to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Joyce Kilmer was killed in France during WWI and 3,800 acres of primitive forest in the NC mountains was set aside in 1936 as a memorial to this man who loved trees so much he wrote that famous poem on the featured image on this post. The poem was displayed in stone on a little kiosk just inside the entrance gate. Some of the giant trees in this huge forest are reported to be over 400 years old. The only way to see the forest is on foot.
We hiked nearly a mile up a beautiful mountain path. I’m including a picture of a walkway on the path. The sky was a little cloudy and the air was cold and humid. It was breathtaking in more ways than one.
Here is a picture of a tiny piece of the trail next to a mountain stream. I miss you, but today was indeed a good day.