I spent the day at Blue & Gray Park near Lone Jack, Missouri with a group from the Adventure Club. I didn’t realize at the time that it was the first anniversary of my first visit. It’s just like a man to forget something like that, eh?
I had never been able to locate any trail maps for this 1800 acre park but I saw on my first visit that there were equestrian trails running all over the place. The plan was to circumnavigate the park, see a cross-section of the area, and maybe find some special spots that could serve as focal points of a return visit. One of our crew had a PTOC map that eliminated the guesswork and saved some time.
We completed an estimated 10 mile circuit in 5.5 hours and that included a couple long snack breaks. I’m surprised at that pace since the trails are beat-up so badly by the horses. I don’t think we found anything really special there though the quarry comes close. It’s still a pretty quiet place where you can get back to it all.
Afterward I headed up the road to Porky’s Blazin’ Bar-BQ for a little culinary research. They were out of ribs but the burnt ends were pretty darn good. I’ve got added incentive now to not wait another year to return.