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ULLR Trio Hikes Lake Maria State Park
many ULLRs boarded a plane to Albuquerque, three ULLRs drove up to Lake
Maria State Park on October 3 for a very nice fall hike. Hike
host Nancy S., guided Jan and Jerry S. on their first hike at this
State Park. The trio enjoyed shaded leaf-strewn trails with views
of lakes beautifully colored by the blue sky above and ponds colored
bright green by algae.
The selected 4.5 mile
trail route included some hills, crossing the top of a beaver dam, and
a climb to the summit of Anderson Hill for a 360º view of the
area. Colored flowers, bright sumac, and the greens,
yellows, oranges, and reds of leaves were generously provided by Mother
The group visited with a new park service
employee hiking on the trails. This was his first day of his new
full-time job at Lake Maria. He had been a part-time park service
employee for several years at some state parks on the North
Shore. He was excited to get full-time work and excited to begin
learning about the geology, plants, animals, etc. at Lake Maria.
After the hike, Nancy, Jan, and Jerry headed back home with a stop at Maynard’s in Rogers for lunch.