Stopping to smell the wildflowers
I was visiting the small town of Hughes Springs in Northeast Texas a couple of weeks ago. There is a Wild Flower Festival in the town that is a fun event to attend. Along with the Festival there is a 5K race. The race is called the Wild Flower Trails 5K. Since the area has a forest of loblolly pines around I assumed a trail run would be run through some of the trails in those tall pine trees. I thought it would be a fun race to take some photos of at the start/finish line. Upon checking about the race I was told it is a point to point race. That meant the start was 3.1 miles from the finish and my chances of some photos was going to be a problem. The race started up on a hill on Highway 161. I drove up to highway 161 and tried to figure the direction runners would take to run on a trail. It was a major highway and could not figure how this could be the starting point. I took several side roads that looked promising through some wooded neighborhoods. I found out the race followed highway 161 back into town and then turned up the town’s main street back to City Hall. Why it was called a trail run while following a major highway had me a little confused.