Why, Those Waves Aren't Standing At All



Speaking of the Trinity River Corridor Project ...

When the boy and I visited the Standing Wave -- or The Dallas Wave, as it'll be known -- about a month ago, it had been a long while since it had rained. Kayakers said the Trinity was as low as they'd seen it in a long while. Then came Monday's early-morning storms. The video you see above was taken yesterday by YouTube'r "refidnasb1," who notes that "the Trinity River has completely inundated the lower feature and has reached the top of the upstream feature," making it look almost nothing like it did back in early March.

On the other side, incidentally, are two other new videos posted by the Trinity videographer: a ride along the "Texas Buckeye Trail Great Trinity Forest Dallas Texas" and a look at "Feral pig damage at Dallas Trinity Audubon Center." Why, it's almost like leaving the house.



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Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Are the rapids going to be a "FREE" or vendor operated attraction ?

th
th

The Dallas Wave is a public free amenity and anyone can go down and use it when it opens on May 7

El Rey
El Rey

I'm posting the Buckeye Trail video to Facebook. I think the title, "Our Central Park in Downtown Dallas" would raise some eyebrows...

G_David
G_David

Bike trail looks like a nice relaxing ride for beginners. I'll try it with the concubinal interest, and save the real fun for the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve.

Ben
Ben

Sorry, but concrete paths are the only place I can hold 5 pounds of digital SLR in one hand while I steer with the other. Other than the paved Great Trinity Trail, off Loop 12(which is identical in almost every way to the Katy Trail sans Uptown douchebags), it's the only piece of paved path in the 6000+ acres of the Great Trinity Forest. Corps of Engineers required it to be concrete. It was dirt until 2008, I believe.

Compared to what you find "hardcore", riding around in circles at a well groomed Oak Cliff Nature Preserve (one of the easier trails in Dallas, btw), I think the non-maintained, isolated, wild trails in the river bottom would quickly hand you your ass on a platter. After getting back on the levee at Rochester Park, my tires did not touch pavement again till I hit the parking lot 100 feet from the Audubon Center. Look that one up on a map.

G_David
G_David

Hmmm, why would anybody ride a bike and carry a 5-lb. digital SLR? In fact, what kind of idiot actually OWNS a 5-lb. camera these days? And did you find the term "hard-core" anywhere in my post? The only kind of people that use that term also own 5-lb. cameras.

Enjoy your nice paved trail.

Ben
Ben

Like I mentioned, it's a paved trail. One of only two. 10 feet beyond the pavement, the environment is quite different.There are at least 3 junctions on the paved trail with soft surface trails. They can briefly be seen at elbows and widespots in the video. A couple have signs with a basic map.showing the route to another overlook.

The network of trails extend to a small lake with an island in the middle. Some of the trails there were built in the summer of 2010 by Groundwork Dallas. This park was on the short list of locations included in the Dallas 2012 Olympic Bid as the XC Mountain Bike venue.

I'm stuck with using my larger camera at the moment because I have broken my other cameras and even two Go Pro HD's recently.

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