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Arbor Hills Park and nature preserve

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'm going to try doing this again. A few weeks ago I was going to do a blog about a different nature preserve but couldn't get pictures to upload and gave up.
I've been exploring some of the different areas in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. I live in Arlington of that metroplex. This place is in Plano, TX, which was about 45 minutes from me. I'd never been there before and found it on the web. It's a beautiful place with picnic areas, playground, paved trails, and also some unpaved natural trails. I went there this past Saturday. I would like to go again but on a weekday when it's not quite as busy as the weekends or evenings.

Leaving the picnic area for the trails

Taking off from the paved trail onto one of the unpaved more natural trails. Not near as many people but I still ran into quite a few, or had some pass me. Right is to the Open Field Trail and Left is to the Pond Trail. I took the left fork.

The pond was really small.

Shortly after that the trail joined up with the paved course again.

But then after being on the paved trail just a short distance I found another dirt trail to follow called Coyote Ridge Trail

Saw lots of these little white flowers, yellow flowers, and some red small berries on trees. Never did find any wildlife, including coyotes, anywhere though.


Then from that trail I came to the Outer Loop Trail and followed it for a ways.

Then I came to another intersection of trails. I continues on the Outer Loop Trail instead of following the Old Road Trail.

After I went for a little ways on the Outer Loop Trail I came to a place where it ran right next to the paved trail for a short ways. But then they veered off in separate directions again and I continued on the unpaved trail.

This trail followed the edge of the preserve and in a some places I could see the fence that was the border. After going through a lot of thicker trees I came to a place with some trees and some grass, not as thick as before for a while.

The trail curved here and still followed the outer edge of the park.

Further down the trail I saw this cement formation with a water main on top. I came across several as I followed the trail. Good place to sit and rest and watch people go by.

After a brief rest I followed the trail some more. A little bit of hills but not much compared to what I was used to in New Mexico.

I branched off yet again from the Outer Loop Trail to the Trestle Trail, figuring they would probably merge later. There was a number of places it turned out where I could get back on the Outer Loop Trail.

This went by a railroad track and a little steam before I rejoined the other trail.

I was following the stream for a little bit then went on another little trail that took me back to a portion of the Outer Loop Trail again.

Then I left the Outer Loop Trail again because it was going to go further than I had energy to go so I took the Prairie Loop Trail to cut back toward the beginning. I was getting tired by this time since it doesn't take near as much as a year ago to get me tired. Then I saw that I was coming to the overlook that was listed on the map. I had no idea it was such a nice area and went to check it out.

Got back on the paved trail and too it up to the top deck. Very nice way up to the upper deck.

I left the overlook and went down one of the two paved roads (the shortest LOL) back towards the beginning.

It took me about 20 minutes (I was walking slow by then, of course with my trusty walkng pole) after I left the overlook to get back to my car. I passed some of the cut offs to trails I had been on.

It was very pretty out there and the temps got up to about 80 that day so not too bad. Beautiful day for hiking. I did a little under 3 miles according to my Charity Miles app on my phone. It had a number of different charities you can pick from and the charity will get 25 cents for each mile you do walking or running or 10 cents a mile for each mile riding a bicycle. What I do may not be much but over the course of the year it adds up for just doing what I'm going to do anyway. Before I had a stroke I often did 3 to 5 miles each day but a day when I do 3 miles now is a rarity, even with stops to rest and walking slower than I did back then. Wounded Warrior is my favorite charity on the app, but they have a bunch of others too of all different kinds depending on what your passion is.

I really have to do more blogs on the places here in Texas I go to. I did a lot more before I moved and have to get back in the habit again. I almost always have my camera and I have pictures of almost every place so I don't have a reason not to post some. I had a request from someone who wants to see what Texas looks like these days.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this.

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    I love your blogs! Such a great way to record your memories and for us to come along with you on your nature walks. Glad you enjoy hiking, I enjoy the virtual hikes
    1634 days ago
    Looks Beautiful & a nice place to walk
    1636 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Beautiful pictures and such an emoticon place for hiking, and a day of exploring the land and after, enjoying a nice picnic lunch. I so enjoyed the journey you took us all on, this would be a great family place to visit, spend the day and let the kids run the area with out a care, just exploring and enjoying the waterways, nature & wildlife around you. Believe me if I lived near there I'd be visiting there regularly!

    emoticon Linda for sharing such a emoticon Blog...
    1637 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/24/2014 10:19:04 PM
    Enjoyed traveling with you through your photos! Thank you for sharing a look at TX
    1638 days ago
    I just LOVE it when communities invest in nature and making it so accessible to so many!

    Terrific pics! Thx for sharing!

    1638 days ago
    I'm so glad you're blogging about your hikes again. I always enjoy seeing where you've been, especially since I would never have the courage to go off hiking the way you do. I can see that Texas sure is different from New Mexico!!
    1638 days ago
    Beautiful place and great photos! I love all the trees and winding, shaded trails. I can see why you liked it so much! You would never know that the city was anywhere near, would you? 3 miles is a really good distance, emoticon on the walk! emoticon for sharing your day with us!
    1639 days ago
    Looks like a wonderful place to walk and explore. And the temperature that day sounds about perfect! Thanks for sharing your photos!
    1639 days ago
    Absolutely loved this! So proud of you! You did great! Have always loved your hiking blogs! That scenery brought back memories of living there! Great pics of a nice area!! Well done!! Thank you!!
    1639 days ago
    I did enjoy it... those trails have a way of just drawing you onward, don't they? Great place to explore! Thanks for sharing.
    1639 days ago
    It was really very pretty. Be glad you didn't meet any coyotes, though! I would avoid any trail that promised me I would meet a coyote. ;-) I will have to tell my son about that park. He lives in Irving.
    1639 days ago
    It's always fun going on hikes with you :-) I bet those charity miles do add up.
    1639 days ago
    Beautiful pictures! Thank you for the Travelogue!

    1639 days ago
    Those are beautiful pictures and I appreciate your posting them and the travelogue!

    It is so nice to explore where we live!

    HUGS and smiles.
    1639 days ago
    Great pictures
    1639 days ago
  • AJB121299
    nice and great pictures
    1639 days ago
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