Sandstone Bluff and …

First part of a 2-part blog.

It was probably better I didn’t know the elevation from the truck to the base of the sandstone bluff. The trail was steep enough to require switch backs. Buffy and I hiked at Stone Face, a site on the Shawnee National Forest.

The view from the base of the bluff extended 15-20 miles into a blue haze. We followed the trail along the bluff. It wasn’t the easiest place to hike with the ups and downs, and with so many rocks at the surface. I kept taking pictures of the bluff, turning often to check for picture possibilities behind me. Imagine my surprise when I turned and there was a black vulture on a ledge! Another one walked out of a crevice to join it.

I took a few pictures. Buffy and I then walked a little farther and stopped. We sat side-by-side, eating a snack. She was content just to sit, looking around and smelling the smells. A light breeze rustled dry leaves remaining on small trees nearby. No traffic sounds reached us. No other people were there. I prefer to hike where there’s as few people as possible. That way I can completely immerse myself in the experience.

We started back the way we came. The vultures were ….

Continued in a second blog for this trip.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Anna on March 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    You were right; the new camera really does take amazing pics! I like the part where you said,” We sat side by side, eating a snack.” And the part where you said Buffy was smelling all the smells.

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