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For my first THV 11 in My Town outing, I decided to tag along for Wild Women Wednesday with park interpreter Mary Anne Stansbury out at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and I’m glad I did because I found a recurring event that I absolutely love!

Each Wednesday, a group of women will go out for a hike around the mountain and on the trails just to enjoy the beauty of nature and have some good old-fashioned girl talk along the way. While the group I was with only consisted of four women, the spring and summer months bring out more ladies to hike. Mary Anne said sometimes the groups will grow to 20-25 women.

While I may have been huffing and puffing my way through parts of the trail, I had an excellent time and felt like I was just out on a walk with some of my best gal pals.  The group provided a delightful sense of community while talking about anything from upcoming events and planned vacations to the Golden Globes and what they’d be having for dinner.

While on the hike, I learned about the Central Arkansas Master Naturalist program as well. One of the women with us was a member and explained that the program trains its members on Arkansas animals, plants, geology and conservation. In addition, they give back to the community by doing volunteer work. Her most recent volunteer work involved removing leaves from the trail ways and repainting trail blazes. You can learn more about the program here: http://on.kthv.com/1iXOZYC

We were walking along part of the Ouachita Trail at a fairly steady pace. For those who would like to get the numbers, we walked around one and half hours (10,000 steps) at a pace of 30:40 minutes per mile. Some parts of the trail gently sloped downward, but don’t let them fool you. They’ll give you a work out when you have to come back up them. If the pace is too fast or too slow for you, Mary Anne said the larger groups typically break into smaller ones by pace: some power through the hike with the fast group, others are content to move along at a medium pace, and the rest enjoy staying behind to take in the scenery.

Wild Women Wednesdays happen every Wednesday. In the colder months when the sun sets sooner, the hikes start at 3 p.m. and end around 5 p.m., but in the warmer months, the time is pushed back to 6 p.m. The group hikes on different trails each time, so you'll need to call in advance to find out where to meet. The number is (501) 868-5806. There are no costs associated with this event, but DO bring some water along with you because you’re going to need it.

Pinnacle Mountain does have several other events coming up as well. One that is close to Mary Anne’s heart is the Birds of Prey Program, which will be happening Sat., Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Pinnacle Mountain Visitor Center. The program will feature several live birds, including hawks and owls, and discuss how injured birds are cared for and released back into the wild. While admission is free, seating will be limited to the first 40 guests only, and pre-registration is required. You can register by stopping by the visitor center or calling (501) 868-5806.

Other upcoming events include Eagle Viewing Tours on Lake Maumelle on every Saturday of January and the last Sunday, and Survival Skills Weekend from Feb. 22-23. More events can be found on the Pinnacle Website by going here: http://on.kthv.com/1m859OB

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