By Becky’s best guesstimate a record breaking four score and twelve (aka 92 – love that Gettysburg Address language!) hikers showed up at Devil’s Den for our 14th season opener picnic. Great weather awaited us. We had enough people to form 4 hiking groups, one on Lee Creek trail, another scrambling in the crevices, and two groups on the Devil’s Den Trail starting at opposite ends and meeting in the middle. This led to a hiking stick showdown on the trail between Linda and Yours Truly; naturally YT won with her 2 stick to one advantage! All is fair in love and war! There used to be a whole bunch of rock cairns along Lee Creek, but most are gone so a few of us made some new ones.
2015-10-04 14th Season Kickoff Picnic
On a fine spring day 38 TrailBlazers crawled out of the woodwork and headed up to Fayetteville to scale the heights of scenic Mt. Kessler. The reasons for the great turnout were probably threefold: a new hike for us, a short drive, and the scent of pizza wafting down to the River Valley – to be explained.
On St. Patrick’s Day our own Jim Warnock presented a program on his recent back pack hike with friends Bob Cable and Steve Foster to complete the entire OHT in sequence.
Ten TrailBlazers, including Billigene, headed for Ponca under the command of Judith and Ed to hike the trail down to Big Bluff. The weather casters got it wrong and we had no rain at all on the trail. Yours Truly rode in a carful of men and at our favorite Clarksville pit stop had the unique experience of having to make an executive decision between 2 empty stalls in the rest room – unheard of for Lady TrailBlazers!
On an overcast day 26 TrailBlazers, 2 canines, and 1 cockatiel under the command of Captain Katie headed to OK to hike at Robbers Cave State Park near Wilburton. It was about time since we have had to cancel and re-schedule beaucoup hikes this winter due to bad weather or conditions. We began to think this particular hike was jinxed so we finally caught a break and had a good turnout The weather was very pleasant for hiking and the sun even came out toward the end.
Headed to the Black Hills, 29 TrailBlazers on a rainy Saturday checked out the Corn Palace in Mitchell, the Badlands complete with juvenile and female Bighorn sheep as well as prairie dogs, and hokey Wall Drug, all en route to our great digs in Lead. Trip trivia: great weather and food, miles and miles of open skies and emerald hills, fluffy white clouds, a medical emergency that ended well, first light shining in the windows by 4:30 am – groan!, springtime with lilacs galore, and many wine-tasting and photo ops.