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!
Twenty-eight TrailBlazers under the command of Captain Dana took the scenic drive to Mt. Magazine State Park on a beautiful, sunny fall day. Upon reaching the top of the mountain, we were relieved to still see blue skies with lots of sun. There have been times when we have arrived at the Visitors Center to find ourselves enveloped in fog clear down to our toes! On those occasions we had to take our group pic indoors, but not today! Upon our arrival at the Visitors Center, imagine our surprise to see Alice Nahas who hiked with us a lot in the early years of the club. Welcome back, Alice, and come again when you can!
Twenty TrailBlazers including some newcomers headed for Pedestal Rocks under the command of Buffalo Bob on a slightly overcast day with coolish temperatures that made for great hiking conditions. The trailhead is about 7 miles east of the intersection of Pelsor and Highway 7. Fortunately we had plenty of parking spaces available upon our arrival because this is a popular place to hike.
Eighteen TrailBlazers and one canine headed to Fayetteville on a warm and sunny October day to hike on Mt. Kessler with Judith and Ed as our hike leaders. Upon our arrival at the trailhead, Frank Sharp was there to greet us and tell us about the new innovations.
Fifteen TrailBlazers had a beautiful fall morning to take the short drive to Lake Fort Smith State Park to hike the Shepherd Springs Loop. Some fall color was in evidence but it has not yet reached its prime. It was only a little cool when we arrived and temps warmed up pretty fast.
Twenty-two TrailBlazers including some newcomers made the scenic drive to Mt. Nebo on a beautiful fall morning to hike the Rim Trail. As we drove along we noticed that there were some ever-darkening gray clouds. Alas, by the time we drove the windy road up to the top of Mt. Nebo, we were greeted by fog and no view of the valley below! We were wondering if Nebo Dude, our hike leader, had failed to roll up the shades!