|The Whole Famdamily|
|Poking the Bear. Bad Girl!|
In any case, she offered this particular Roll Tide in pantomime and no one else in the coffee shop could see what she was doing. We survived to eat our sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits. The coffee is really good. I had a cup each of Guatemalan and Malawian drip coffees and they were both excellent. After a lengthy stay at the coffee shop, we left for the 5- to 6-minute drive to the park.
|Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit|
We started our day just beyond the entrance gate in one of the parking areas next to the lake, walked northeast along Moore's Mill Creek, crossed the creek on the stone bridge, and walked back southwest along the creek on the opposite bank, climbing a little to the pavilion at the top. From there, we descended the hill to the dam, played on the rocks below the outflow, and walked down the creek until it joined the larger Chewacla Creek. There we turned around and walked back to the dam and along the south side of the lake and Moore's Mill Creek back to the bridge, and from there back to the car, for just slightly over 4 miles on the morning, a very short walk for us. It served its purpose though: to let me get out and get my head clear on a beautiful early spring day.
|Mistletoe in an Oak Tree|
|Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)|
|Spring is Here; Wild Cherry in Full Bloom|
|Annie on the Stone Bridge over Moore's Mill Creek|
As we started to climb the hill, I heard a woodpecker in the trees, one that I don't hear very often in our part of the world, but one which I associate with Alabama. As it flew close to the trail in its incessant search for bugs, I visually confirmed that it was indeed a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. We do have them in Virginia in the summer, but they just aren't that common.
|At the Pavilion; Chewacla Creek Below|
|Dam at Chewacla Lake|
|Creek Below the Dam|
|Creek Below Dam with Spanish Moss|
|Annie Checking out a Pond in the Creek|
|Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)|
|Violet Wood Sorrel (Oxalis violacea)|
|Group of Yuccas (Yucca filamentosa)|
|Common Silverbells (Halesia tetraptera)|
|Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)|
|Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)|
|Jessamine Bloom Up Close|
|Butterweed (Packera glabella)|
|I Helped Build Parts of This Trail|
Before the game, we ended up at a place called BurgerFi, where the old Heart of Auburn Motel used to be, for post-hike burgers and beers. Annie got fooled into thinking from their web site that it was more of a beer place than it is, when it is merely a Five Guys clone with a few beers and not craft beers either. She ended up with a Blue Moon or some such and I had a Hopscape from Sam Adams, a not terrible offering from this mass producer. The onion rings were really good and the burgers were a bit better than Five Guys.
|BurgerFi Burger, Fries, and Onion Rings|