Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Small Minded Hobgoblin Hiking Wichita Bluff Nature Area Circle Trail

This morning watching the local news on one of the local TV sources, don't remember which one, but it was ABC, NBC, CBS or Fox, and during the local weather portion of the broadcast the background was that which you see here.

Sort of.

The entry sign which hovers over the Circle Trail as it enters the Wichita Bluff Nature Area.

Actually the entry sign you see here is the one at the east end of the Wichita Bluff Nature Area. The local TV broadcast used the entry sign at the west end of the entry to the Wichita Bluff Nature Area, that being the location of the parking lot which one can park on to gain easy access to the Bluffs.

I have seen pretty much every mile of the Wichita Falls Circle Trail.

Today when I saw that which you see above, that being the heavy duty galvanized steel guard rail guarding anyone from having an unfortunate exit from the trail, a thought occurred to me which soon had me thinking of a famous quote, that being something like "Consistency is the Hobgoblin of a Small Mind".

Was that quote from Shakespeare? Or is it something that world renowned wordsmith, Donald Trump said?

Anyway, the thing I was thinking was wondering why there is no consistency to the quality of the Circle Trail's guard rails? The guard rails range from the substantial type you see above, to broken old wooden guard rails one rolls by on the Circle Trail as it passes under Midwestern Boulevard.

The guard rails further south, as the trail descends to go under Kemp Boulevard are made of metal and are more substantial than wood, but not as substantial as that which you see photo documented above.

I suppose thinking that something like a guard rail on a trail should be of a consistent quality is something only a small-minded person, such as myself, might concern himself with.

Then again, I think a case could be made for consistency in a case like this, even it is the hobgoblin of a small mind.

Anyway, seeing the Wichita Bluff Nature Area on the news this morning caused me to think it might be enjoyable to have a freezing nature walk. And so that is what I did, hence the photo you see above, and below.

The last 24 hours the North Texas Deep Freeze has wreaked havoc on some of the foliage, causing massive overnight wilting. This made for scenery which looked more fall-like than the look at the Wichita Bluff Nature Area a few days ago.

As you can see, the Wichita River is still running high.

I am already tired of winter and we still have more than a month to go before winter arrives. Seems like only yesterday I was overheating in Arizona and going swimming every day...

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