Monday, July 14, 2008

Summer Sanctuary

This park sits approximately 36 minutes away from my house. I found it by asking a couple of moms in our playgroup years ago if they knew of any undiscovered swimming holes. The park is private, and only open to the public on weekends. Amazingly, the secret of this wonderful place hasn't gotten out and it remains quiet and unspoiled. This is a bust of Walt Whitman that sits atop a 20 foot pillar presiding over the entrance of the park. There are 3 other busts of famous writers there too, and they appear to be watching you enter through a canopy of trees. We usually make several visits there throughout the summer, always marvelling that the place is still in operation. It's run by the elder members of an Eastern European social club. I'm not sure of the particulars, but suffice to say that it is protected by the local land trust preservation group.


Joanne said...

My family loves to take long walks, and the second picture you posted looks soooo inviting! Are there any gardens or flowers to enjoy? It looks like an oasis of peace.

JGH said...

Hi Joanne - yes there is a very neglected garden - I'm going to post some photos soon. There are also some hiking trails - one that leads to a waterfall. Just let me know if you ever want directions

Barbee' said...

I love this photo of the drive through the trees. I was going to wait until the end to post a comment, but I just had to tell you that I especially enjoyed this one.