Interstellar Adventures

June 30, 2005

Arbor Hills Thursday Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 11:19 pm

As has become my custom on Thursday nights, I ran with my AT chica friends April & Caroline, and we were joined by Jude, a new AT member. We were on the lookout for Jerry (who I’ll be racing with at Mineral Wells) too. We found his truck, but never found him…hmmmm.

Arbor Hills

Arbor Hills is a gorgeous park that has both paved trail and moutain biking trails. I have yet to ride my bike out there, but am itching to do so. I’ve run the trails, and they seem just about my speed on the bike. Easy. 🙂

Lookout from picnic pagoda

From picnic pagoda

Pavillion (that little pointy roof thing waaaay over there)

The trail starts out with a nice downhill into the park.

Trail start

Crosses a stream, where April likes to let her dog, Zoe, frolic on hot days.

Stream

Stream bed

Along the trail

The city just added a new 1 mile loop to the paved trail. The first half of the loop is all uphill, then it goes back down into the little valley.

Up one of the big hills

Pavillion from the trail (same pavillion as seen above)

Trees

More trees

There are little hideaways to sit and relax on…if you’re of the mind to sit and relax that is.

Rock bench (see, I’m running so fast, it’s all just a blur!)

Then, of course, to get back to the parking lot, you have to run up another big hill.

Bridge before the big hill at the end

This is all uphill

Whew! After running 2.3 miles in 26:24 (11:30 average pace), we headed over to Mi Cocina for a little dinner and after-run beverage. I actually ran a little more…from the parking lot I ran back to find everyone else, and Caroline and I ran back down to the bridge at the start of the big hill so we could run the hill again! I told you before, once just isn’t enough! Has to be done twice. Walked/ran about another 10 minutes total.

Mambo Taxi at Mi Cocina…sucker was $8!

April & Caroline with their Mambo Taxi’s…well deserved ladies!

See you next Thursday girls! But, we’ve got to find some $2 beer specials…mojitos and Mambo Taxi’s are gonna put a big dent in my wallet!

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11 Comments »

  1. Wow, I would give a lot to run through that park. I miss trees alot.
    There is a joke here in Iceland:
    “What do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic forrest?
    You stand up!”
    I think there are two small forrests here and the trees are far and short in between 🙂
    Such is life.

    Comment by Monika — July 1, 2005 @ 6:42 am |Reply

  2. What a great place to run!

    All I can think about now are those drinks!!

    Comment by Mimi — July 1, 2005 @ 10:55 am |Reply

  3. Whew! That’s one of the best runs I’ve had while sitting! What a gorgeous place.

    Comment by abbynormal — July 1, 2005 @ 2:55 pm |Reply

  4. If I could find a place to run that looked like that, I might actually run! Nah, I’ll just skip to the drinks!!!

    Comment by TrueJerseyGirl — July 1, 2005 @ 3:14 pm |Reply

  5. I got up at 5am and did 5 miles yesterday, so I’m at 10 for the week! I’d love to have such a great place to run as that …. it’s beautiful.

    Comment by Indigo — July 1, 2005 @ 3:50 pm |Reply

  6. Those Mambo Taxis look yummy but I think if I ask for one in an English bar they’ll laugh at me and hand me a warm beer… I shall be googling for the recipe so that they have no excuse not to make me one…

    The run was in fabulous scenery.. those are marvellous pictures…

    Comment by Carol-anne — July 1, 2005 @ 3:55 pm |Reply

  7. So with ya on the $2 beer specials… my drinking budget (as a single mom) is almost non-existant.

    I would suggest The Big Apple, but that’s realllllly far from Plano.

    Hang in there!

    Comment by Mercy — July 1, 2005 @ 5:15 pm |Reply

  8. You weren’t running with a camera around your neck, were you?

    Now that we’ve just run two miles together, let’s go have a drink. That was fun.

    Comment by Raehan — July 1, 2005 @ 6:42 pm |Reply

  9. Carole-Ann…they’re really just premium tequila margaritas with a sangria swirl. And, no offense, but I had a margarita in England once…it just wasn’t right. 😛

    Raehan…no, I wasn’t! My crummy digital just has a wrist strap. I ran with the camera in my hand. I’m talented like that. 🙂

    Hmmm…I know…I can plan a running party here in Texas in the dead heat of the summer, and all you ladies can come down and join me! Then, we’ll head out for drinks afterwards and it’ll be a great time!

    Comment by InterstellarLass — July 1, 2005 @ 7:06 pm |Reply

  10. Thanks, best run I’ve ever had. The only slight concern I have is how long it’s going to take you to complete the marathon if you keep stopping for Mambo Taxis and $2 beer specials.

    Comment by Milt Bogs — July 1, 2005 @ 9:56 pm |Reply

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