Thirteen Trailblazers braved a cold, cloudy, and windy day to hike up to the Arkansas Sphinx and Pam's Grotto. We had several new victims for both of these uphill hikes.

We had a great January hike. The sunny skies really helped in keeping the body warm, even though the wind would occasionally chill the bones. Temps were above freezing which helped, too.  Bill thought it was good enough weather, so he rode his motorcycle to the trailhead.

Eight TrailBlazers met at Cove Lake to hike the loop around the lake.  Before we even got started, we were met by the gentleman who was the concessionaire. He let us know that it would cost $5 a car to park where we usually park, so we drove back across the dam and used the smaller lot for free.  This is something we need to remember for the future.

 

Sixteen showed up for the Sunday afternoon hike at Lee Creek. There was still snow on the ground and with the breeze, the air was chilled.   However, once moving, we warmed up nicely.

We hiked the Cemetery Loop and then headed for Cracked Rock Trail. There was no water at the falls, but the view from the bluff was nice. We did a short loop on Homestead Trail and then headed back to the vehicles. Several other hikers were on the trails as were mountain bikers. It was a good day to be out in the fresh air.

Eighteen TrailBlazers and two Blazer-dogs walked 4-plus miles through the old fort historic grounds and along the river this cool breezy afternoon. This hike is our annual post Thanksgiving Turkey Trot to work off calories.

Once again the TrailBlazers as well as lots of other people were treated to a new slide show by Tim Ernst at Grace Community Church. This program accompanied by music, was called Arkansas, In My Backyard and featured photos taken within a 10 mile radius of his cabin in scenic Cloudland.  Well, at least it started out to be 10 miles, then he found some interesting shots at 11 miles, and finally quit at 12 miles!

Twenty-eight TrailBlazers with some welcome newcomers headed to Petit Jean on a brisk, some would say cold, fall morning to hike the Seven Hollows Trail.  It was a bright and sunny day so it was great for hiking.  The group did a great job of hiding the dumpster when Yours Truly took the group pic at the trailhead.  Way to go, TrailBlazers!  Dumpsters are NOT scenic or natural, just a necessary evil!