Sunday, on the way home from errands in the big city, I found LaBarque Creek Conservation Area. It's just south of Eureka and Pacific... and the minute I arrived I knew this place was special!
|I crossed a foot bridge and felt instantly at home.|
|Creating this special spot took a lot of teamwork!|
|See the heart on the tree? Too cool!|
Then, it hit me... this trail is a bit slippery, the mist is picking up, and I have about an hour of light left.
|So peaceful. The woods were this amazing mix of green, yellow, red... I love Fall in Missouri!|
|Someone found all these, but I took the time to stack them!|
|These rocks needed my organizational skills to create a Cairn in the woods!|
I saw a sign that said "2 miles." I clearly hadn't read the other sign correctly. I still had a mile left. A long. Wet. Slippery. Rainy. Getting-more-and-more dark. Mile.
|Taking this photo helped calm my nerves a bit once I realized I had about 10 minutes of light left and a little over a mile to my "Betty" aka Ford Escape...which is fitting because I was ready to Escape the trail at this point!|
|Just a little damp!|
#1. Don't lose the trail.
#2. Don't fall.
My camera bag is fairly water tight, so my camera didn't get hurt. I also have several items I carry on me when hiking, especially just by myself. I had my emergency whistle, compass, mini-flashlight, cell phone, hoodie, water bottle, pepper spray, napkins/tp, and more...
That mini-flash light came in handy for the first time EVER.
|Rain. Rain. Rain.|
|Brilliant Colors to Warm my Soul! (it was a bit damp and chilly!)|
|I couldn't create an image like this! The water droplets were just perfect upon this leaf!|
I have to be honest, at one point on the trail I could see the creek through the foggy misty rain... I could even make out the creek, along with a fence and horse barn, but then the trail turned up and away... I was near tears... but I told myself to trust the trail blazers, but if my compass didn't show me turning back towards LaBarque Creek with the signs of civilization in at least 10 minutes, I was going to go off trail.
|There's a fungus among us!|
|Now that's a face of relief! And, what an adorable face! Who wouldn't want to see that daily? Ha! :-)|
However, next time - I think I'll make sure I give myself way more time to explore in full daylight when I return to LaBarque Creek Conservation Area.
Here's the link to learn more about this lovely place! http://mdc4.mdc.mo.gov/Applications/MOATLAS/AreaSummaryPage.aspx?txtAreaID=200608
Photos and Words by MK Designs!
Until next time... ~ michelle