Saturday, December 19, 2009

More Than A Dozen Humans Hiking The Tandy Hills This Saturday

The Tandy Hills were alive today with the sound of bi-peds hiking. I saw more people in the Tandy Hills Natural Sanatorium Area today than any other day except for Prairie Fest.

There was one eclectic group of about 15 and a solo hiker I spotted across a valley and up another hill.

It really perplexes me that I don't see more people hiking on the Tandy Hills Trails. I can understand those who are daunted by being outside when it's 105. But what is the excuse on a day like today?

In the Northwest, on a nice Fall day, I could go to any of the dozens of trails, on weekends, in the Cascade Mountains and see more people than I ever see hiking the Tandy Hills. Here in Fort Worth you've got this excellent hiking opportunity, yet in this city of over 700,000 people only a minuscule fraction use this resource.

It can't all be explained by the fact that there are way more obese, less active people here in Texas.

Like I said, it's very perplexing.

In addition to a long hike today, I got in the pool this morning. But not for long. After I was done with the hiking I went to Town Talk and on the way there I stopped to check out that back hoe operation I had spotted on Thursday on the Trinity River levee where gas drillers had been sucking water from the river, via a diesel pump and a pipeline, run across public land and making a big mess in the process.

I'll show you what I saw after I hit the publish button on this blogging.


Cheap Tricks and Costly Truths said...

Texans like EVERYTHING BIG, including their butts. ;)

Galen said...

In the times I've hiked at Tandy Hills, I think I've encountered other humans about twice. That's OK with me, since I like the solitude, but it's too bad that folks are missing out on one of FW's best places.

Durango said...

You're a Texan and you don't have a big butt.

Totally perplexes me why there are not more people enjoying that solitude in a city with more than 700,000 people.

Cheap Tricks and Costly Truths said...

My biggest fear is this for Tandy Hills: You Don't Use It, You'll Lose It!

As far as me being a Texan, I'm a transplant. I grew up in the Deep South where it was perfectly acceptable to go outside and play.

Durango said...

I thought Texas was the Deep South.

Cheap Tricks and Costly Truths said...

Not quite darlin', as far as my definition goes. I consider Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia...those lovely little states the Deep South. Texas is, uh's own country. If I'm misinformed, then please chastise and put me on the right path.

Durango said...

I defer to your more informed opinion as to where the Deep South is. You gotta remember, I'm from way up north. Everything this far south seems like the Deep South to me.

Anonymous said...

She's right, Durango. The old slogan/motto for this city was "Fort Worth, Where the West Begins". Texas is sort of between the south and the southwest (NM, Arizona, and some of Colorado, Utah, and even Southern Cal.). That gives me an idea, I'll start an artistic-cultural festival (a novelty in Texas, I know) and call it South-by-Southwest. Kinda catchy, huh?--Your pal, BillyHill.
P.S. Tell your hikers to pick up their trash and keep their distance from my THNA castle.