Ellison was interested in collecting various sticks, leaves and vines for a bird's nest project she was working on so, needless to say, there were frequent stops along the way. Her attention to detail was quite impressive - each branch or leaf had to be just right. I loved witnessing this selection process; it offered such insight into her personality. That child's love for organization and classification runs deep, it truly does.
The Creek Sink trail takes you through beautiful lowland areas and the bare winter trees allow for a much broader view than you would have in the summer. This is definitely a trail to take in the colder months - the mosquitoes would be terrible in this marshy swamp in the heat. When taken along with the Moonshine trail the route ends up being around 3 miles, but Ellison and I decided to extend it a little further.
'I center down - I retreat, not inside myself, but outside myself. ... Self-forgetfulness is tremendously invigorating. I wonder if we don't waste most of our energy just by spending every waking minute saying hello to ourselves.'