"i thank You God for most this amazing day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes" -e.e. cummingsThere are two small parks within easy driving distance of my home: Hovey Pond and Crandall Park.
The Hovey Pond recreational area includes a pond, a marsh, and a series of small gardens, lovingly maintained by volunteers.
Crandall Park is larger, and in addition to its pond, boasts various recreational facilities, including a picnic pavilion, large playground, softball diamond, basketball courts, and band shell.
Local residents of all ages use these parks extensively for walking, fishing, bird watching, family outings, and quiet relaxation. School groups occasionally visit, to study history, biology, botany, and ecology.
There are times when I head for the Adirondack wilderness, with its high peaks and pristine lakes. Usually, though, I patronize a more manageable bit of nature, just as lovely but much easier of access, less grand in scale. It's quite enough to still my restless feet and soothe my impatient spirit.
Hovey Pond 7/13/09
Crandall Park 7/10/09