Since I have been telling you that I went on an epic quest over the weekend to discover new everyday adventures, I thought I'd you give a little preview. I didn't mean to hold anything back before, but I really did find very many new things. Now I'm going to show you a little bit of my new treasure.
This is probably less than half of my new discoveries from those two days. I just can't fit it all in one post, and I want to reveal some of it in it's own post. I am very excited about the things I've found!
This first photo is from a place called Historic Greenmead. Some of you local people know what this place is, but I'm just now discovering it. I'll reveal the whole story of this place later. But for now I want to show you this lonely little sign I found on the side of the road in this place.
That's right, new nature trails! I didn't get a chance to go in to the trail yet, because I was looking at all of the other sites in this place. I can't wait to give you a full story on both aspects of this place. I'm telling you, this looks like a great place!
This next place doesn't even have a sign. I was driving around Hines Drive, the same road that Sumac Pointe is on. Hines Drive is actually one huge nature park. It stretches through several towns. This place in the photo is a few miles west of Sumac Pointe.
I'm not totally sure, but I believe this is what makes up the dam that created Newburgh Lake, the one at Sumac. The dam was man made, but this place looks completely natural. It is another nature trail, and it borders the west end of the lake.
It's actually not the most exciting looking trail I've been on, but the view on to the lake might be worth it. It pretty much goes in a straight line. I walked it for a little while just to see where it goes. It took me to the other side of the lake, and it kept right on going.
This is a view through the trees of Lake Newburgh. I took this from the dam trail. It's not easy to see from here, but it's a pretty big drop down to the lake from here. There are several places where it would be bad to step too close to the edge. There are no railings to protect anyone, but it can be a great view.
I had to give up and turn around eventually. The trail kept on going in a straight line, and it was beginning to get dark. I'm not sure if this place will give me very many good stories to tell, but I'm certainly going to find out.
The exciting thing is going to be walking the whole path to see where it comes out on the other side. Hopefully there is a pot of gold or something waiting on the other side for me. That would be like heaven for an Irishman such as myself!
This last photo was taken the very next day. This is a place called Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve. The group of woods in the background stretches on for miles. I drive past these every day in several different places.
I always think that since these woods are there, why don't they make a nature trail through them? It always seemed like such a waste. After driving around to a few places that I never go, I found that I was wrong. There are nature trails in these woods!
I'm not sure I can adequately describe my feelings when I found this new park. I stood under that sign with the map on it, and I was grinning from ear to ear. I never expected to find this. It seems heaven can be in more places than one.
The whole time I stood looking at that sign, there was water dripping down from the roof right on my head. I didn't even notice until the water started to run down my face. I had forgotten the rest of the world even existed.
If the weather is even a little bit okay, and even if it's not, I plan on visiting this place this weekend. I'm going to try and see the whole thing. The trail map shows some great looking places. There's even a lake in there. I hope this place turns out to be great. Just wait until the leaves come back to the forest!