Twenty-six TrailBlazers, including some new faces, and one canine under the command of Captain Linda headed up to Lake Fort Smith State Park on a warm afternoon to hike the Boston Mountain Trail. This is a new trail not only for the park but also for the club. The trailhead is just to the right of the entrance to the parking lot.
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.