The last weekend in April, I’m planning on going on an extended weekend backpacking trip in Arkansas with a group of old friends from my scout troop. Since its been about a year since my dad or myself did any sort of hiking, we decided to head out to the Fort Worth Nature Center to put in a few miles and work the ol’ muscles out. Two other guys that we are going with came with us as well.
There are many different trails at the nature center and they offer a variety of different things. From flat and swampy, to more hilly and spacious. In recent years, the center has began to charge an entrance fee, but at 5 dollars it’s not a huge hit on the wallet and well worth it. You can also purchase a pass for the year.
We all showed up with our packs loaded up with some weight and we were off for a nice 6 mile round trip hike.
Spring offers lots of color, though I think we were a few weeks early as every thing was just starting to open up and very few things were flowering.
The sun coming up over Lake Worth.
Pretty sure this is primrose.
Vining periwinkle (Vinca minor).
This stuff was growing everywhere. Well, everywhere in this one spot on the trail.
Two and half miles.
Dad and me and the shameless self portrait.
The bluebonnets. They were spread out over a few hundred feet but only a few had started to bloom.
This picture was taken inside an outhouse that was built by the CCC in the mid 60′s. There are lots of remnants of old structures that the CCC built, including the one featured in my previous post.
The hike was a quick 3 hours and we were home by lunch. On our way out we ran into a group of about 25-30 people spread out over a good half mile or so. Not sure if they were a church group or from a get motivated center or what but everyone ranged from late teens to this one lady that was probably early 70s or so. A bit odd, but whatever gets you outside is fine with me.