|Rockledge Park - Lake Grapevine Northshore Trail
|May 2, 2007
|Sunny, Partly Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy
|Light to Moderate
|Rain, Showers, Thunderstorms
|High: 81-90, Low: 61-70 degrees Fahrenheit
|Changed clothes at the hotel, then headed out with some help from the GPS to the nearby Rockledge Park and reservoir at Lake Grapevine. There is a 9 mile Lake Grapevine Northshore Trail that runs along the shore, and I set out as a thunderstorm began to build in the distance. Parked at a picnic area, then walked along the trail in hot and humid weather. It was a little buggy, but the trail was was worn and offered numerous opportunities to walk to the shore and enjoy the views across the lake. Mountain bikers also use this route, and after forty minutes on the trail, I finally saw one just before I turned around at a scenic outcropping. There were also some fisherman working the coves from their bass boats, and numerous planes crossing overhead due to the proximity to the airport. They were distant enough, however, that it actually added to the experience.
The thunderstorm was building rapidly in the distance, so I decided to turn back and pick up the pace to the car. After about three miles on the trail, I reached the parking area as two couples cooked steaks and danced to Mexican music in one of the picnic shelters. I’m sure it came in handy, because within thirty minutes it was pouring with major thunder and lightening.