Today we assembled at the Nature Center for the first activity of the 2017-2018 hiking season. We enjoyed refreshments and visited with people new and old. Our program was to inform us about the bear and big cat population in Arkansas. OK, OK, hold your horses and don’t be so impatient! Yours Truly knows you are champing at the bit to hear about the surprise.
Thirty-three TrailBlazers and 2 canines made the short drive to Springhill Park for our end of season picnic. Normally we meet at Devil’s Den but a computer glitch at the park made us lose our reservation. Nevertheless, Springhill was fine for our get together.
On a gray, rainy, sometimes muddy, Friday sixteen TrailBlazers headed toward Jasper for our annual pilgrimage to Buffalo Lodge to seek fun and adventure either/or on the trails or the Buffalo River. En route Bill and Yours Truly checked Lost Valley Trailhead that had a roaring creek to cross and the Ponca Access to the Buffalo River that had high water flowing over the low water bridge!
On a beautiful spring day twenty-one TrailBlazers and one canine under the leadership of Becky made our annual pilgrimage to some beautiful waterfalls on these two short hikes. Glory Hole is truly unique and well worth seeing more than once!
Eleven TrailBlazers and one canine took the scenic drive to Mt. Magazine on a cool and overcast day to hike the Bear Hollow Trail. What a difference six days make! Last week it was very hot and sunny making for a tiring hike.
Fifteen TrailBlazers, including two newcomers, took the short, scenic drive up to Devils Den to hike the Quail Valley Trail on a warm, sunny afternoon. Little did we know just what we were letting ourselves in for, but you will need to be patient to find out! The trailhead is on the road before you enter the park itself and there is room for a handful of cars on the right side of the road.
Twenty trailblazers made the trek south to hike the LOViT (Lake Ouachita Vista Trail). We hiked 4.5 miles from the Joplin store to Tompkins Bend. This quartz-lined trail winds through the woods with several beautiful lake views.