Monday, April 19, 2010

Walking the Trails

This causeway once carried the Rutland Railroad over portions of Vermont's largest lake,
Lake Champlain
. Public Domain photograph.

Now that spring has sprung, I like to get out and walk around. Summer is going to be here before you know it and I want to enjoy the trails and wonderful weather before it's gone! I recently read a NYT article about the High Line in New York City. It looks like a wonderful re-engineering of something that is no longer used for what it was created. There's another organization, Rails to Trails, that does the same thing across the country. Check out this list of trails in other parts of the world. And, of course, our beloved Austin has some great trails to traverse, look over the trail directory and maps and enjoy the trails near you!

The library has a wonderful collection of books and maps on hiking and getting outdoors, check some out before you head out.

100 classic hikes in Texas : Panhandle Plains, Pineywoods, Gulf Coast, South Texas Plains, Hill Country, Big Bend Country, prairies & lakes by Dan Klepper

60 hikes within 60 miles, San Antonio & Austin, including the hill country by Tom Taylor

Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA: Trails illustrated map by National Geographic Maps (you can check this out!)

Every town needs a trail : Lady Bird Johnson's quiet legacy : the city it shaped and the people it inspires by Jen Ohlson

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