For many people, hiking means finding a local trail on a weekend afternoon to enjoy a couple hours of fresh air and perhaps a respite from the concrete, asphalt, and work cubicle that surrounds their normal everyday life. Others seek a more all-consuming experience: a physically and mentally demanding long-distance hike that takes them hundreds or thousands of miles through feral wilderness and punishing terrain. If you complete a long-distance trail hike end-to-end within one hiking season, you are called a “Thru-Hiker”.
Thru-hiker, Jim Warnock, is returning to Hobbs State Park to share experiences he had on the Ozark Highlands Trail, but this time he will give advice for children and those who enjoy shorter hikes. Warnock put it this way, “I'll focus on the thru-hike of the Ozark Highlands Trail featuring some sections that make good day hikes or over-night backpacking outings. I'll also share some shorter sections of trail that are great for novice hikers or children with some advice on what children should carry with them for a safe day hike. There are a few lightweight items that can increase children's safety and well-being on the trail.
I'll tell about a few of my favorite family backwoods dining options when coming off the trail in the Ozarks. We have some fascinating little eateries off the beaten path that have surprisingly good food!
I'll share the story of the black Lab that joined me at mile 138 of the Ozark Highlands Trail and how she followed us for 42 miles and then became a part of the family. Those attending will receive a copy of Hiker-Dog's resume as a keepsake.
The program will conclude with a short slideshow set to music that takes participants on a 180-mile visual tour of the Ozark Highlands Trail in about 7 minutes.”
If you are a short distance hiker or a “Thru-hiker”, you’re not going to want to miss this program.
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of
the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
When: Sunday January 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm
For more information, call: 479-789-5000 This program is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series.