Mom likes to say about most any bad situation, "It could have been worse," so I should mention that I had plenty of gas in the car. At least in all my tearing around the countryside in the wrong direction, I didn't strand myself.
The good news was that the second time around I took the correct turn, Lea was still willing to treat me to lunch, and we had a nice meal and a wonderful hike at Hibernia Campground. Here are some highlights of the hike (as photographed by Lea).
The first picture here is one I specifically requested because it shows the lovely colors in nature on a mild February afternoon-- the strong blue of the sky, contrasting white clouds, calming greens of the loblolly pines and lake, and the light grays of the trees reflecting the afternoon sun.
Here are a couple of more shots of the lake.
We took a nature trail to an old cemetery and plantation site. Then we walked along the edge of the lake cove. I especially enjoyed looking for signs of wildlife along the lake edge. There was a large blue-gray feather that I'll bet was left by a great blue heron. I jammed it into a tree root and had Lea take a pic.
I also found a white feather (with a black shaft). For me this was an unusual find. I wondered what kind of bird dropped this.
There were lots of tracks in the sand along the edge of the lake. Here is a dog track (or coyote?). (We also saw tracks of deer, raccoon, birds, and either squirrel or muskrat.)
Several places there were large collections of freshwater clam shells. I'm thinking a raccoon must have feasted here.
It was a relaxing and lovely afternoon. All's well that ends well.