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CITY HIKES: The Shortest Hike EVER at The Fort Worth Nature Center

The Fort Worth Nature Center is one of my favorite places to hike in North Texas. I took my kids to check it out last year on one of those weird COOL summer days. We WENT because we’d heard about the Greer Island Goat Man who supposedly roams the preserve and terrorizes teenagers. You can read more about HIM by clicking HERE. Continue reading →

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City Hikes: The White Rock Paddle Company (*Beware of Snakes & Spiders)

I’ve been reviewing area hiking trails since January but it’s starting to get HOT out there. Sure, I like to hike but once temperatures excede 90 degrees, I get a little whiny. That’s why I’ve decided to also review kayak and paddleboard rental agencies over the summer. If you KNOW of any, please leave those suggestions in the “Comments” section.

I hit The White Rock Paddle Company last week and was THRILLED to see they were open again. Continue reading →

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CITY HIKES: The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve- A Serial Killer’s Paradise

I’ve read several good things about the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve and was excited to hike it. I had also read some disconcerting comments about stray dogs on the trails and didn’t want to walk it alone. That’s why I asked my friend Regan to join me. She was enthusiastic but also worried about the dogs so she asked her brother-in-law if he had seen any. He bikes there often and said that the OCNP dogs are a known issue but he hadn’t seen them in a while. He also told us to carry big stick, just in case. Here we are looking really tough with ours. Continue reading →

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CITY HIKES: “Arbor Hills” & Tarantula Valleys

The snow cleared in time for us to take a hike this week so we headed to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano. Arbor Hills has paved as well as unpaved & bike trails so we were able to avoid all the mud the snow left in its wake (there WAS enough left for a miniature snowball fight though).¬†The Arbor Hills website (http://www.plano.gov/facilities/facility/details/Arbor-Hills-Nature-Preserve-20)¬†claims that it offers about 200-acres of natural beauty. I missed most of it though because I brought along three little girls who started complaining minutes into our hike. What I saw in that time though was gorgeous. Continue reading →