It has been a few weeks since the backwoods trails have been accessible. I decided to drive out in the country and see if any more had become free of the prison of ice since our temperatures have been up. I arrived at the Brandywine Creek State Park at about five to eight, and the gates were closed. This surprised me because I was not aware this park even had gates. I really think they were newly added.
I sat in the road with my left turn signal blinking, wondering if it was a safety issue. We had high winds warnings of gusts up to 65 miles per hour. Maybe it was felt people wandering in amongst trees in such conditions was a bit unwise.
A white van came from the other direction with its blinkers indicating a right turn. "Ha, buddy," I said in my head, "park closed." He pulled in a-front of the gates and I noticed the emblem on the van door. Park ranger, so I pulled ahead, went up the road until I could turn, then came back. When I got back the gates were open and no sign of the van. So here we go, down the main path to Rocky Run. If you would, please join me by watching the following videos I took. It was brisk, it was windy -- oh yeah -- and as usual I got lost in the woods. In other words, I had a lot of fun.
I: Stating Up the Run
II: Into the Deep Woods
III: Run From Sun
IV: Don't Fence Me In
V: Lost in the Wind
VI: Crossing Over
VII: Looking for the Last Trail