Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hurricanes, Bullfrogs and Nature's Way

I am a proud partisan of the Appalachian Mountains, that epic spine of ancient convoluted rock,  smoothed and tamed by eons of erosion. And so on this second day of September I am southward bound for the mountains of North Carolina  and midlands of South Carolina while Hurricane Earl heads for its powerful Cat-4 brush with the outerbanks of North Carolina and then our eastern seaboard cities.By tomorrow morning I expect to be as wet as a late summer bullfrog - - and as content, for nature's way is always an adventure.  Weather, be it a calm hot sunny day, or a gray-green sky churning with active disturbance from the inland wind fields of Earl is always a pleasure for me. And with this week off from at home tasks - that includes the writing of my hiking column - what will I find myself doing?  Hiking again. Along with family visits, I'll be exploring  the hills and hollars of the southern Appalachians and hiking the trails of Congaree National Park, a magnificant and primeval bottomland forest where the  meadering Congaree River runs wide and dark and the cottonmouths and canebrake rattlesnakes grow big.  Wishing all a safe and happy Labor Day.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent photo Jonathan! Looking forward to reading about your explorations in NC & SC! Be safe on your journey!

September 2, 2010 at 8:08 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jonathan have a safe journey! I too will be waiting in anticipation of your next blog about your explorations!

September 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM 
Blogger Sandman said...

Do you know how long it has been since I have seen a Bullfrog? A long time. I was hoping to take my grandson out to catch one but even the leopard frogs are missing from the grasslands. Maybe a snipe hunt for this lil boy will do the trick.

September 2, 2010 at 9:29 AM 

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