This last Saturday we had my favorite in-laws come and visit us!! YA!!! We went on a hike to Sassafras Trail. It was almost as beautiful as it was when we went a couple of days earlier, but it was much wetter on Saturday. Hiking is fun, but hiking with loved ones is better than having chocolate all day long. :-D We went back to the Ravine Trail we went on on Thursday and took the Sassafras Trail that breaks off from it. The water levels in the bay have been pretty low of late so we were able to do some great exploring.
Here's the pictures that we have from our hours on the trail. It was a busy day and there were a lot of people out on the trail despite the weather. I hope you enjoy the pictures!
The camera went away for two reasons. First, my feet were killing me at this point and the girls kept talking to me so I put it away since we were on our way back anyway. It was a good thing. About halfway back the torrential downpour began. We were pretty well soaked. It was still pretty though! :-)
Here are some pictures from Mike and Sam. I'll narrate when necessary.
These next photos are from CALEIGH!! She really enjoyed taking pictures, these are her offerings.
On another note. There are some who probably wonder what actual "schooling" a kid can get out of a nature hike. Well, aside from the obvious appreciation for nature and exploring the wilderness there is a lot to observe in nature that you can read about in books but can't really appreciate until you're out in it.
In the fall you can learn about erosion. You'll notice in the pictures from today and Thursday that there were photos as the beginning where the sides of the hill were eroded and the roots of trees were exposed. There were plenty of fallen trees that were in various stages of decomposition as well as many new trees in various stages of development. It's also a good time of year to observe leaves falling off the trees and putting the "why" from the books into observation and seeing it in action. It's the life cycle of trees.
There's also the animal element to it. What kid doesn't love animals? Birds are migrating and squirrels and chipmunks and other animals are getting ready for winter. Some are preparing for hibernation while others are putting up stores for the winter for when there is nothing growing. The leaves falling from the trees is part of a trees' preparation for winter as well.
The list goes on and on. There's exercise and knowledge to be had out in the woods. You learn to appreciate how everything works together for the seasons to change. Could this have happened by chance? No. These things work together so flawlessly that it's impossible that it could have happened by chance. A divine creator had a plan and executed it flawlessly. Our bodies themselves are evidence of this and the world around us and the way one thing depends upon another is only further proof to those who are willing to see it. The Bible tells us that there will be those who don't want to see.
2 Peter 3:5 "For
this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the
heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the
Mark 4:12 so
that, "'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing
but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'"
Romans 1:20 " For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal
power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the
creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are
Psalm 14:1 says that "the fool says in his heart there is no God." How can anyone look around them, see the stars in the sky, the way the earth and all that are in it prepare for winter, without any help, the way everything grows anew in spring.... how can you look at these things and not KNOW that they were made this way on purpose?
Psalm 8:3-4 says "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers. The moon and the stars which you have ordained. What is man that you are mindful of him? The son of man that you visit him?"
Romans 1:18-25 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown [it] to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible [attributes] are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] His
eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify [Him] as God, nor
were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish
hearts were darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools,and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like
corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the
creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen."
God ordained creation. He put everything exactly where it is supposed to be and when ANYTHING moves from where it was ordained to be things fall apart. Is that not evidence of a creator? Is it really so hard to believe? Is it easier to believe that it happened over the course of millions, maybe billions of years? That one thing "evolved" into another? That somehow all evidence of the evolution is GONE! That after death is nothing? That life here is all there is? It can't be and it isn't and walking into the quiet brilliance of nature, observing how everything works together and how the big things need the little things, how can one look and know and not see?