May 25, 2015
After a good night sleep at Sheraton Downtown Memphis hotel, we started our journey to St. Louis. But before leaving Tennessee, we decided to stop by at a forest to breathe in some fresh air. We left Memphis around 2, so we needed to get to a place before it gets too dark outside. The closest state park from Memphis was Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. It only took us 40 minutes to get to the destination from Downtown Memphis.
As we drove into the woods, I was bewildered by the view of tree branches coiled like a wire. When we arrived to the point where we thought was a good place to stop, I stepped out of the car and noticed a branch hanging down from a tree. I could not decide if this was a snake or a metal piece. Amazingly, it was a tree branch. It looked like someone tried to alter the shape, but there were too many of those so I came to conclude that it wasn’t the case.
The forest had a playground, but the slides were too rusty. There were way too many insects that were either flying or crawling. However, when I squat down and looked very closely, I saw these beautiful plants. I zoomed in my camera to capture them. The actual size of the flower was about a size of a finger nail. This unfamiliar specie was every where around the playground.
There was a cut-down trunk right next to the playground. I was curious why anyone would cut it down, because the trunk was too small to be of any harm.
We turned around from the playground and saw a lake. We went down a hill and faced a lake view (could be a river). The cabin appeared to be empty and the dock was an antique.
In the forest, there was a store with a freezer outside. I had not seen one like this since I left Korea 10 years ago. Although the building was a bit run-down, I started reminiscing my childhood.
Toward the end of the forest, we encountered a horse farm. Although Meeman-Shelby Forest is not as grandioso or eye-opening as other national parks, its own atmosphere is worth a praise. The playground is not the destination you should look forward to, but there is a bike trail and picnic areas. So you don’t have to be a great hiker to visit the park.