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I bet very few Dallasites know the Great Trinnity Forest is the largest urban hardwood forest in the nation.  Or, that there are amazing trails that allow you to take a vacation from the concrete jungle out your back door.  But, I am do and consider myself extremely lucky. 

At first I tried to tell people about the trails, but they just stared at me like I had two heads and offered me Mace.  Finally, I stopped talking about it.  As Sissy says “Fine, forgit it.”  I thought if they can’t appreciate that this part of Dallas has something to offer, fine they don’t to need to experience this. 

On Saturday, I realized I was wrong.  I have been trying to do volunteer work for Groundwork Dallas for over a year.  They are an organization that is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Parks Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Programs.  On Saturday, I finally made it to a trail building.

I rolled out of bed, threw on some clothes (in hindsight the wrong clothes) and headed to the location on my GPS.  It was only miles from my house, but in a land far, far away.  Through a gate, down a dirt road, through another gate, and into nothing but green as far as the eye can see.  This is Dallas people.  Minutes from downtown Dallas.

There was a bit of loitering at first.  Being my first time I didn’t know what to do but sit and wait till they put me to work.  Then, I realized that we were waiting on someone important to show up.  I soon found out that this person was the President and CEO of the Trinity Foundation, Dr. Gail Thomas.  She arrived and off we go on the grand tour of the Texas Horse Park.  I gradually learn that what we are doing here is the final stage of clearing a trail that Dr. Gail Thomas, and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will be riding next week at the inaugural trail ride. 

Touring with dignitaries was not what I expected, but was very interesting.  I also learned that raising $350,000 by May 15 would ensure that the city funding for the Texas Horse Park and the associated Trinity Forest trails would remain earmarked.  Without that money things would grind to a halt.  Okay, so that puts the day’s activities in perspective.   More importantly, it made me realize how important it was to convince my friends that the trails do exist and that they are worth investing time and money to save and expand.

After the tour, I was antsy to get started.  Seriously, let’s get to work.  Around that time another set of volunteers showed up and we all headed out with clippers, trimmers, and other cutting implements and started to work.  A few hours later the final path had been cleared.  And, I felt great.  A minor player in the quest to save the world. A baby step, but a step none the less.

To get involved with the trails, www.groundworkdallas.org

To learn more about the very cool plans for the Texas Horse Park, www.texashorsepark.com


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