Jordan Lake State Park (Part 2:Ebenezer Church Trail/Parkers Creek Beach)

Ebenezer Church Trail

After spend the whole morning hours at New Hope Lookout, I hiked on Ebenezer Church Trail inside Ebenezer Church Recreation Area at Jordan Lake State Park. The forecast for the day says that it would rain.  As I walked toward the trail it look like rain was about to come down but as soon as I got on the trail. There was no rain in view.  I was so blessed with sunshine and a nice cool fresh. The forest floor look so beautiful it was like I was in a fairy tale with green cover and sun rays coming down from the sky through the canopy.

I may come back to this location in June because their might be more frogs around the area due to all of the waterways.  I like looking for frogs in the morning time because they move very slow because they are cold-blooded.  They are easier to catch on camera, too. By the way, I am took all of these picture using my phone.  I do not have the money to buy a digital high quality camera. I work with what I have and I make it work.

The way I picked what trail I am going to hike has to do with if the trail is near a water source. Wildlife are more active around water sources such as wetlands, ponds, or lakes.  All living things need water.  Most common animals that I see around ponds and lakes are turtles, snakes, dragonflies, frogs, ducks, and etc.

rat snake

On that day, I saw a rat snake and a Copperhead snake. The rat snake was on the ground around the pond while the Copperhead snake was hiding in the pond near the surface. The Copperhead snake came pretty close to me. I was minded my own busy trying to take pictures of minnows when the Copperhead snake decide it wanted to be part of the photo shoot. I guess Copperhead want to be movies stars, too.

Copperhead Snake

After that I finish hiking Ebenezer trail so I went to check out Seaforth trail. However, the trail was close.  I really looked forward to the wetland boardwalk, I guess I have to try it another time. So I went to Parkers Creek Recreation Area and hanged out on the beach.  I found a cool spot to put my feet in the water and enjoyed the beautiful day. I don’t know if there is a sign on my back that say I am good with kids because for some reason there is always this one kid that come up to me and want to tell me about something that they saw was cool. So  that is how I ending my day at Jordan Lake. It was fun and I saw lots of cool things.

I think this is an awesome picture I took of a pond on Ebenezer Church Trail.

I think this is an awesome picture I took of a pond on Ebenezer Church Trail.

 

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Jordan Lake State Park (Part 1:New Hope Overlook)

Few weeks ago, I spend the whole day at Jordan Lake State Park.  I planned to be at the park all day so I packed a lunch, snacks, and water. I put everything in my rucksack. My rucksack is very important to me because it was given to me when I was in the army. I am used to be carried heavy rucksack due to my army experience.  Hiking with a rucksack is more of a challenge and it is great at increasing your endurance. I enjoy the workout that I get from it.  Plus because I am prepared for all day it make it is easier for me to commit to 5 plus miles trail.

I started the day by hiking on New Hope Overlook Trail Red.  The red trail is 5.4 miles and it is a moderate level. The trail is mark with Red and Blue hiker on the trees so you know which trail you are on.  The New Hope Overlook trail is a new trail put on my the state park.  When I first starting this hike, I meant to hike around the whole loop including red and blue trail.  However, the trail was confused so I end up hiked only the red trail. I will have to hike this trail more often to get used to it.

Otter NestThere are some places on the trail that look like beaver or otter homes.  I went on a Saturday so any water life was hard to spot because of all of the speed boats. However, beavers are normally active during the night-time.  Some of my researcher friends told me about how they stood on a beaver nest in the middle of a pond at night because they were survival frogs by their sounds.  The beavers were not too happy that they were standing on their house so they splash them and my friends left all wet.

green flowers

Since I started hiking in NC, I came across these beautiful flower that are mostly green with little white and orange on the tip of the flower. I am having a hard time figure out what tree the flower come from.  If anyone know, please tell me because I am curious to found out.

One thing that is great about hiking on Jordan Lake is that you can pay for car entrance  day pass at one recreation area and show that receipt to other recreation area in the park to enter. It was great for me because I was able to checkout many different trails in many different recreation area.

I will say this, I have more to write about this day.  I will write it in parts so this part 1.

Awesome Day!!!

Awesome Day!!!

 

Pea Creek & Dunnagan Trail Eno River State Park

Pea Creek Trail

Today, I enjoy a wonderful hike on Pea Creek and Dunnagan Trail at Eno River State Park.The photo on the left is Pea Creek Trail during the later morning. As a kid, I would play in the woods behind my relation house and make a club house made of vines and other material.  The trail remember me of that like I was on an adventure living off of the land.

I love the sound of water flowing.  It is peaceful and comfortable.  The water flow around the rocks and logs, there is no going through. The noise of everyday life can sometime feel overbearing that is why I like to hike.  I looked for a place on the trail where I don’t hear cars or people.  I walked until I hear nothing but birds and water flowing. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against people.  There are some morning where I want to clear my mind.

This morning I saw several six-lined racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus) and American Toad.  The racerunner had a spider in it mouth. When I first starting walking on these trails, I would jump every now or than because it sound like someone would run up from behind me.  However, it was the racerunner dashed from their sun spot. A couple of time, they ran in between my feet. They are very fast (18 mph). The toads are not as fast as the racerunner but as soon as I figure that was the racerunner, then I was able to spot the toad.

American Toad

Six-liner racerunner

Sometime, when I am hiking I stop to read a book or write in my journal   A friend of mine give me a book to read so I stopped half way through my hike to read of the book. So far it is a good book that talks about how we ignore our heart’s wants. It was a hard topic for me because I am having a hard time understand what I want.  I know that I enjoy hiking and I love science. I know right now my job does not match up with what I  want to do.  All I can do is applied for jobs that does match up with what I want.

Hopefully, one day I will be able to enjoy a career in natural resource or similarly field. Until than I will keep hiking and work my day job.

Eno River State Park Cox Trail May 2013

Rule for Foot bridge: No jumping, No running, and No horse playing

I enjoy hiking and feeling the wind on my face as I explode the great outdoors. Eno River State Park were lots of fun because for starter I walked across a shaky bridge. I saw at least three deer. The trail that I went on at the state park is the Cox Trail. It is a 3.75 mile loop that take you across steep elevation and down by the Eno River. I saw an eastern box turtle shell, tad poles, leopard frog, and snakes. I began the hike at 8 am in the morning because there is a higher chances of seeing wildlife than in the middle of the day or at the end of the day. I enjoy hiking in the morning because it is a good way for me to start my day. I like waking up to the smells of wildflowers and fresh air. I spend a lot of time thinking while I walk so I walk at a slower pace.  It is a time that I can reflect and relax. Also, if I was to rush my time out there then I would not have seen the wildlife or took the time to smell the flowers.  I have lots of problem in my life so it is important that I slow down so I can process all my thoughts.

Plus when I am on these trails, I feel like a kid in a candy store.  I can’t help but get excited to see deer, frogs, and etc.  It is not so much I enjoy seeing them but knowing that they are there.  A sign of a health ecological system is that there is a biodiversity of species in the ecological system. Many of the trails and parks in NC are sites that were once farmland or storm-drain system converted back into a natural ecological water system.  Wildlife is hard to spot in general,  however, it is good to see sign of wildlife on a hike for that means wildlife are increasing.  I know the deer population is increasing because the other day on my way to Eno River State Park, I must had seen like twenty deer eating in someone garden near Eno River State Park.

Deer having their breakfast

I know as time go by I will get better at blogging. Right now I am having a hard time saying much about anything because I have a big day tomorrow. Also, I am going to try to see if I can blog using my mobile too or bringing a notebook with me. I think I need to write things down as they come to me instead of waiting to later.