Eleven Trailblazers braved the cold to hike the Lost Bridge Loop at Beaver Lake. Although it was a beautiful winter day, there was only one other car in the parking lot and we never saw another person on the trail.
Who would have thought on December 2 that fifteen Trailblazers would have took off hiking to Hawksbill Crag in short sleeves. Of course it was a nice hike down to the Crag enjoying the rock formations along the bluff line. But it was a hot hike back up hill.
We were surprised to find that the Corp didn't know we were coming... and the gates to the parking lot were locked. You can't keep us from the trails, so we entered (at our own risk).
The November General Meeting featured Tim Ernst and his slideshow of pictures from his new book, "Arkansas Beauty". Tim has presented several slide shows in years past for the TrailBlazers and this one was certainly up to par.
At least twenty six hikers braved a fierce wind and dropping temperatures to make the loop around Alma Lake. Not everyone signed up and getting the group together for a picture proved challenging, thus the estimated total. We did get together for a partial group picture at the intersection leading to the waterfall, later dubbed the water drizzle. Those who had not seen it before enjoyed the short hike off the main trail.
Eighteen TrailBlazers headed to Petit Jean State Park to hike the 4.5 mile Seven Hollows Trail. We left Fort Smith under a grey sky with frigid temps but found blue sky and sunshine as we neared the park.
Nineteen TrailBlazers under Peggy’s lead took the scenic drive on highway 22 to head to Mt. Magazine in search of fall color. As we drove Highway 309 toward the park we saw beautiful color galore along the road. Skies were a little gray but all of a sudden the sky was brighter and the sun came out! Lots of times it is like a foggy cloud in the park. We thought we were lucking out this time, but by the time we reached the Visitors Center it was gray and windy! Later the winds died down and we felt warm hiking because of the humidity.