The Autumn 2013 issue of Tyler Topics is filled with events and programs taking place at Tyler Arboretum this fall. With the cooler temperatures and humidity level dropping, I was looking for an outdoor program this past weekend, and I came across this description:
Trail Rambles — Join Lois Brooks for comfortably-paced walks on Tyler’s trails that will get you out and moving, while enjoying the dynamic fall season in our woodlands and fields. Wear shoes suitable for uneven terrain. September 8 – Visit Tyler’s rare serpentine barren and walk along Dismal Run on this exploration of the Pink Hill and Minshall Trails.
So on that Sunday afternoon, I laced up my walking shoes and headed out to Tyler for my first ventures on the Pink Hill and Minshall (formerly called Pink and White) trails! Five of us met Lois in the visitor center and headed out to start our journey out the gate at the Pink Hill trailhead. The group immediate engaged in a wonderful conversation around national parks and the beautiful landforms and wildlife found on public lands. As we continued along the trails, Lois pointed out several features about the serpentine barren and explained the meaning of the blazes painted on the trees to help us stay on the correct path (this image is a great summary of the meaning of the different blazes, which is a symbol used on many hiking trails including the Appalachian Trail).
Both sections of the Pink Hill and Minshall Trails were well maintained and well marked – plenty of blazes to keep us on track! Wooden planks were in place to help us cross the muddy areas and Dismal Run, and the historical ruins we passed – well, I’ll leave that to a future post! Let’s just say that there was much to see and enjoy on this afternoon, from the sites along the trails to the company I was rambling with. By the end of our time together, Lois had taken us through three miles of the Arboretum (which I’m counting towards my Million Mile Run for Alex’s Lemonade Stand!)
Two additional Trail Rambles will be led by Lois this fall – one on October 6, and the other on November 3. Both start at 1:15PM and go until 3PM, are free with admission, and do not require preregistration. If you have been waiting for that perfect opportunity to get out and explore some of Tyler’s trails, I strongly encourage you to come out on these dates to walk along with some fun and friendly outdoor enthusiasts (such as yourself!) and an experienced guide that will point out the sights and sounds along the way.