Monday, October 10, 2011

Beauty in the Hidden ..... The Story of Hemmed-In Hollow Part 1

I would like to start by saying that Dick and I are fine; recovering, but fine.

We had quite an experience in the woods, but I want to start with telling you our story from the beginning.  Many things happened from the start, that aided in the very hard part of the story by the end, and I don't want to forget, so I want to chronicle it here.

Friday evening, Dick and I decided that we would go hiking in Hemmed-In Hollow in AR. 
It is a very hard hike, and I was so excited that he thought my knees were to the point
that we could do such a trek.  And a trek it is. 

It is about a 4 mile round trip, but it is no ordinary 4 miles.
It is filled with deep rock stair cases, deep crevices and bluffs and very uneven walking for a lot of it.
It is not for the faint of heart or ill-prepared.

And we? 
Were of the ill-prepared description.
And that is so odd for us. 
You see we are NOT novice hikers. 
We have been hiking together for years.
We know how to prepare.
We know we bring things "just in case".
Things we have NEVER had to use, and yet we still bring them.
Except for this time.

I guess, we were just thinking a nice day hike.  We'll be back with plenty of day light.
No problems.  No worries.

We knew better.

We didn't get to Hemmed-In until about 12:30 pm.
That was one of our first big mistakes.
We should have started much sooner.
Our first big mistake was we only brought one bottle of water; one small bottle, for the two of us.

When we got there we started down the right trail.

 This is one of many stone stair cases that we went down (and up) that day.

 Very long stair cases.....

 I really want to focus, in this post, on the goodness of this day.
We found this unusual uprooted tree to take pics in front of.

My Mr. Winslow.....
Be still my heart..... Now and Always!!!

 This is one of many trails we took on Saturday.....
So beautiful!

So very beautiful.....

 Here is a mushroom ..... a beautiful musroom we found that day.....

So much beauty to be found.....

This is such a beautiful place in God's creation.
I was thanking Him all day.
I was repeating my SSMT Scriptures all day and so enjoyed God's Creation.
Even in the tough circumstances that proceeded,
we chose to give God Glory for it all.
He was with us.....
He loves us.....
We NEVER lost sight of this
and He NEVER lost sight of us.


I will be continuing this post in a little bit.....
I really don't like keeping you hanging, but I really want to give this day and the gift of life, the time it deserves.
I want to remember all the events of this day.
This day changed us.
This day was beautiful.
Hard, but beautiful.

I Peter 1:6-7 "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith, of greater worth than gold, which perishes, even though refined by fire, may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor, when Jesus Christ is revealed."

(The above is my SSMT this time.)

I love Him so!!!!!

To be cont'd.....


  1. Oh I hate the suspense but what a beautiful trail to hike on. I love the stone steps and Mr. Winslow reminds me of Robin Hood in that picture for some reason! :) Ok, I can't part 2...I'm hanging on here!! LOL

  2. OK so like season finale's that leave us hanging, I am dying to know what happened! I will be back to find out but wanted to stop by and say Hello! Missing you dearest friend!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat