American Hiking Society Volunteers Make Trails and Tales

One would never think of Liberty, Texas, as a vacation destination, but Mary Chayka-Crawford, Robert Muise, and Franklin Wu would beg to differ. The three of them just completed a volunteer vacation at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. Mary travelled from Lake Orion, Michigan, while Robert and Franklin traveled from the Sugarland-Stafford area southwest of Houston. The three visited the Refuge from March 16-21. They spent their vacation volunteering for the Refuge by building hiking trails for the From Crosswalks to Boardwalks Project.

The three of them are members of the American Hiking Society, a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting hiking and establishing, protecting, and maintaining foot trails. Members of the American Hiking Society serve as the national voice for American hikers, promoting and protecting foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. And for many of them, hiking is a way of life and leisure.

While in Houston, Mary befriended a woman working as a security guard in Houston who was actually from Liberty. When she mentioned the trails, the woman mentioned how her kids love using the Knobby Knees Trails based out of the Liberty Municipal Park. The Knobby Knees Trails are another set of hiking trails created last year to allow hikers to explore Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. Mary was more than excited to spread the word about a new set of trails about to open, the Great Egret’s Trails.

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