Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Complaints Department - Road Edition - Kingfisher Trail Review

After taking on Pinnacle Mountain I went over across the parking lot to a place I always walked as a cool down from going up and down Pinnacle Mountain. There are some really nice views on this trail as you will be seeing momentarily. For those who don not like hiking at all, like I've heard from a few already, this is a great place for you. Plenty of things here that are a real treat for the eyes. But first, here's something that I caught in the parking lot that was a definite treat for my eyes and I knew it would be for others as well. Check out this '66 'Stang:

This bucket is in tip top for sure. The owner either kept it right or restored it with great care. Anyway, on through the parking lot. In front of the Kingfisher trail there's a place for the little kiddies:

See, there's something for EVERYBODY. Now for the trail:

Anyone who is a birdwatcher or nature lover in any way shape or form will get an absolute appreciation for what's about to follow. Entering the trail, you look down the trail at a sight like this:

The picture really doesn't do this trail justice. Standing in the middle of this trail early in the morning, you get such a sense of peace and serenity that really hits you, I can't explain it any better. Moving through the Kingfisher, you come toward a creek area that runs along the back of the trail and here's your first view of it:

I think it's important to add here that it's a good idea to just stay on the paved trail, poison ivy and thorny shrub run not to far off the trail. Perhaps those with a background in Botany have spotted that already along with these massive wonders:

Tell you what, this is better as I got a lot closer for this shot:

Bald Cypress, these things are such a sight to see. I mean these things are HUGE! Here's a view looking up at these things:

Behind me from this shot are some Paw Paw trees. No fruit on those bad boys, I ain't much for fruit anyway. While moving further down the trail, the creek turns into a shallow area filled with the Cypress Knees:

These things grow upward from the roosts so that the tree can breathe when the place gets flooded, plus it adds some stability for the tree as well. Panning to the left you can see them stretch further on down:

You can probably make out some river cane sprouting all up in here. All throughout this dank marsh mess, you find different types of birds from Wood Ducks to Woodpeckers. Of course you'll also see some Kingfishers as well for which this trail was named after. I didn't spot any that day, they usually hang by the water so they can swoop down and gank something from the water. Oh yeah, almost forgot, WATCH OUT FOR GATORS! They've been known to hang down in the creeks. The trail starts making its way back toward the park from here. If you want, you can sit down on the bench built into this bridge here:

All through this trail you never loose that sense of peacefulness that you get from the first time you set foot on the trail, it's really something. After moving across the bridge a few feet, you can see the parking lot and the vast areas of picnic landscape past the trees. Once you get close to the part of the trail that parallels the parking lot, you can look back and get this view:

Well, this concludes the Road Edition. I hope you all enjoyed it, I know I did. I can't believe I got as much accomplished as I did. Funny thing is that there's still more things to see. If I happen that way again, I'll be sure to dig up those spots and possibly do another Road Edition. I'm still thinking about some of the photos that didn't make the cut. Not sure what to do with them. I'm sure I'll find a use for them.



Caspar608 said...

Wow. You have a beautiful life. All that hiking is a dream come true. Best I can do with my kids for now is Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx...although my son did hike for a week in the Catskills and he loved it.
I've seen too many horror movies to try any unchartered territory with the crew, at least for now.

Kim said...

Plastic slide at that playground. I hate plastic slides. I'm anti-plastic slides! Other than that, looks great! ;-)

Caspar608, the next time you want to hike the Caskills, head a little (well, ok, a lot) further north to the Adirondacks. You won't regret it! :-)

California Girl said...

Oh how beautiful. Your pictures are fantastic. One of the pictures of the trees [please don't get mad!] reminded me of the apple trees in The Wizard of Oz!

On a totall separate note, I am so happy that you found a place that was able to bring some peacefullness into your life. That is truly a wonderful thing. Thanks for this terrific post.

Caspar608 said...

Thanks Kim...although I grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx and had to contend with many a terrifying circumstance I also saw The Evil Dead and The Blair Witch Project, so unless a bunch of big dudes are going to accompany me and my three kids in the woods of Upstate New York, I am staying my ass in Van Cortlandt least until my babies are old enough to issue a mean ass whoopin on someone themselves (mind you my 15 year old is like six foot four and I still feel compelled to whoop some ass for him at times).

But I will definitely keep the Adirondacks in mind for when that time comes : )

Kim said...

Well, I grew up in the woods of Upstate New York and I know a bunch of big dudes, so maybe I could help out. ;-) Really, it's not all that scary up there...although sometimes I DO hear banjos when I'm in the area.


Nononono....Upstate NY is a great place, if you don't need to work. I don't live there anymore because there are no jobs up there, but really...I love visiting.

Caspar608 said...

Yeah, I think Deliverance was scarier than The Evil Dead. When my boy went camping I planted a GPS tracking device in his bag and told him if anything happened he was to run like hell and his Mama would find him.

It must be great to sleep in clean air : )

Kim said...

OHHHHH! I have a story about Deliverance. We were in Western North Carolina canoing with some friends. We're going down the river and everything is fine, when suddenly shots rang out! Some drunken, idiotic redneck was SHOOTING AT US! Actually, he was shooting at the beer cans that he had thrown into the river, but he almost hit us. Of course we freaked out. That evening, one of my friends who was not thinking, rented Deliverance. I have not gone canoing since. :-o

Complaint Department Manager said...

"OHHHHH! I have a story about Deliverance"

Somehow, I knew you would. Your emoticon sure gotta purty mouth.

Caspar608 said...


wait, I feel kinda dirty now.


oink, oink. hahahahahahahahahahaha.

Complaint Department Manager said...

Really? Think you feel dirty now, you haven't seen what Kim can do with a banana.

Show 'er Kim.

Kim said...

Ain't that the truth.


I don't believe I know the lines.

Alright...banana. Shall I show the pickle picture, too? Naaa...too hard to find. Picture the banana, but green. Hehe.

The Banana Picture

Caspar608 said...

Girl!!! Youz a FREAK!!!

You need to see a priest for promoting the debauchery ; )

My virgin eyes are bleeding....

Kim said...


Complaint Department Manager said...

"My virgin eyes are bleeding...."

Oh NO you DI''INT!

Caspar608 said...

I had to see a therapist today because of the banana picture...

what kind of crew have i gotten myself mixed up with?

Coby said...

What a gorgeous place. Also that was my dream car. Candyapple red would have sent shivers through me.

Complaint Department Manager said...

Coby, you and my sister are one and the same with that exact same color, candyapple red.

Cas, just wait. I see you've been scoping the past posts of mine, this place gets crazier as time rolls on here. Hope you stick around.

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