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.
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.