Being with friends and family surrounded by the stillness and beauty of nature is a perfect day for me.
Since very early childhood, a trailhead has been one of my most favorite places on earth. The day is full of possibilities, and my spirit is at peace as it is at no other time.
My dear sister, Glenda, and sweet friend Dina, and I enjoyed a perfect day hiking to a waterfall at Laurel Run Park yesterday. The trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Church Hill, Tennessee, that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
We lost count of how many species of wildflowers and butterflies we saw. Butterflies are drawn to the ultraviolet light provided by the large groups of flowers and abundant shallow freshwater, so we were surrounded by them for most of the day.
My beautiful friend, Dina, is taking a rest.
From atop the waterfall.
Looking for fish.
We never discuss what we are going to wear, but we often show up in the same look and colors.
Set along the serene Holston River, this 440-acre park was the backdrop for the 1984 movie, The River, starring Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek. After the conclusion of the movie, the property was ceded to Hawkins County.