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!

Sixteen TrailBlazers and one canine picked out a beautiful day to drive up Highway 215 to hike the West Loop from the campground.  Several of us had “geezer” National Parks passes and avoided paying for parking.  Paying $10 at age 62 was one of the best investments of our lives!

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.

Fourteen Trailblazers braved the cold winds early on this Saturday morning. The sky was clear and sun bright. By the time we crossed the footbridge above the falls, the warmth had taken over. We should have known this would happen; it always warms once the uphill starts. We hiked to the overlook on the north side of the falls and then to Rock House Cave.