A Serendipitous Obsession.. and Trail Report
If you have not tried Everytrail.com, you are missing out! I sooooo wish I’d had this app this past summer for my trip to Scotland. Oh well. Download the app for your iPhone (and probably the Android too, you’ll have to look) and go ahead and pay the $3.99 for the “pro”. Don’t be a cheapskate. It plots your path (cycling, hiking, walking, travel by plane, train or automobile!) and if you use a geotag enabled phone or camera (like the iPhone or this 14.1mp Casio point and shoot) it plots your photos along the trail – and it’s easy. Yes, yes, I know that the Backpacker.com site has been doing it for years but absolutely not as user friendly as this app. I stumbled across it while I was looking for some day hikes to do next summer either in Italy or Scotland (again). You can even write/read extensive “guides” to some exciting places to visit. Love your hometown? You too can write a guide to entice others to visit. The site is pretty intuitive in navigation and has some help pages for reference. Try it out. You won’t be sorry.
TRAIL REPORT: I went to a conference in Arkansas this week and talked my colleague/friend into stopping for a short interpretative walk on the Serendipity Trail in Oden, Arkansas which is near Hot Springs. It was a beautiful crisp fall day and a perfect place to experiment with my new obsession. The Serendipity Trail is an interpretive nature walk. The trail has two parts, A and B, that are shaped like the number 8. Part A is the bottom half of the 8 and Part B is the top half. You can just do Part A and it’s about a mile walk. If you add Part B, the entire walk is about 1.8 miles. The trail is graveled with several benches along the way. Part B will take you to a scenic overlook and Part A takes you by a small pond. Plenty of information about the flora and fauna is posted along the trail. It’s an easy trail with Part B having a small bit of elevation. Without further adieu I bring you the Serendipity Trail! Click Here.
I’m still working out a couple of bugs with my new obsession. For example, I want to embed the code so the trip shows on the blog but am having a bit of problem due to WordPress restrictions. Hopefully, I’ll get some good help from the EveryTrail forum and all will be well.
This is the view we woke up to that morning… fog on the lake… the moon in the sky… magical!
After our walk, we drove the Talimena Highway and we saw some color but were clearly pass the peak of the color. My friend has a convertible and, although the temperature was about 55 degrees, we put the top down and enjoyed the sun. It was a great day.