A quick morning trek up a mountain ridge North of Hot Springs. Some very good views, a little bit of up and downs give a good workout. Alisa, Arin, Arin's Dog Asher, and I made the trip early one morning at their annual Family Reunion.
It was pretty humid that morning, but bearable. The foliage is dense so it barely allowed for any cooling breezes. Although, I'm not sure any wind was blowing that morning.
Alisa got a blister less than 1/2 a mile in; luckily I actually had my mini first aid kit with me. (Heck, 10 years as a Boy Scout--I'm prepared.)
At one point there was a large spider who had managed to string a web across the trail, and he was planted right in the middle munching on some breakfast. I don't understand how a spider can manage to string a web between to trees 7 to 12 feet apart. Do they swing Tarzan-style? Do they walk across the ground with their web and pulley it taut when they get up the other tree? It just doesn't make sense.
We also passed a large radio tower, and the cut through the woods up the hill for the power lines affords good views of Hot Springs.
The entire trail is 17 miles, so we just grazed the first 2.5 miles of it. We had a very defined limit of time to get out and back.
hot springs, sunset trail, Arkansas