On May 30th, 2015, I biked from J. B. Hunt School in Springdale to Lake Springdale.
The reason for going to J. B. Hunt School to bike to Lake Springdale was to save time. The Illinois River Watershed hosted a ride from their Learning Center to Lake Springdale starting at 10 am.
They posted on their Facebook page that I would be painting along the trails somewhere. I knew it would take me quite a while with all the painting stuff I haul with me on my bike to get there and I wanted to start painting early. That is why I did not want to start from my home in Rogers.
My ride to Lake Springdale was only 1.23 miles long and that included riding around the lake. I wanted to check it out because I had never seen it before. It is a pretty little lake and I liked two things about it right away One was that there were ducks, not just geese, but various kinds of ducks. I love ducks and have raised several in the past. The other thing I liked was that there was a pavilion in the center of the lake so if it rained I would be able to move there to paint,. Even if it meant wiping my canvas off and starting over with a new painting. The added plus was that it was beautiful.
I set up at the South East corner of the lake and decided that a man near by would be my center of interest. I had just been visiting with him and he was sitting on the bank fishing.
I hadn’t been painting long when a group biked past and one of them said in surprise. “Oh are you painting, how cool!”
Soon after another group biked up and stopped. One of the men asked, “are you the one I saw painting last week in Rogers?” I told him yes, “I’m everywhere, and so are you”.
Some of the other comments people passing said are, “My wife paints”, “Like your bike”, (I hear that a lot), “Oh how pretty” and “nice painting”. ‘’I actually stop painting and type in my notes on my phone the comments so I have them and don’t have to rely on my memory.
My husband Mike showed up on his bike and I packed up and we rode to Springdale. I enjoyed the ride and scouted out some places I might like to paint in the future. We went to Spring Creek Grill in Springdale for a refreshment and I saw the most awesome looking pies I’ve ever seen!
Then we headed back to J. B. Hunt school, a 6.4 mile ride, round trip, where Mike parked the pickup. Before we got there we saw some nasty dark clouds and wondered if we would make it back to the truck in time. It did start raining on us a little but we made it back without getting soaked.
Another great day on the trails painting!
Where is the most beautiful spot on the trails you have found? I’m still searching.