After the bike ride from (almost) hell, Dirt Man and I had a choice the next day of sitting around and moaning and groaning all day or getting out and limbering up. We chose to go on a short (three and a half mile) hike. We decided to explore a new park. We went to Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield. We were WAY impressed. Dirt Man loved the site development…civil engineer in him scrutinizes all sorts of things most of us overlook. I’m not going to post the history behind it, but you can look here if you’re interested.
We covered three and a half of the 3.9 miles of trails. We skipped the boring trail that ran adjacent to the road. We took all of the trails through the woods, over the marshes, and along the water. There are benches galore to sit, rest, and absorb the scenery. There is also a fishing pier and a kayak lift/ramp.
There were a few brick ruins of old homes. This is a partial standing chimney. There were daffodils throughout the woods surrounding them which was once someone’s yard. There’s a small gravesite of two burials on the other side of the property between the manor house and the water.
This is one of the awesome bridges that crosses the marsh. The trails are wide and are made of stone dust…very good walking paths.
This is a mud trail that runs under the bridge, formed from the tide going in and out.
Get a load of that ginormous knot on that tiny tree! I have no idea what would have caused that.
The green of these fields against the stark trees is stunning.
I had to photograph one of the beautiful Bradford Pear trees.
And there is a dog park. Wylie was excited to make new friends.
All the dogs were crazy over the water boy, or anyone who chose to fill the communal water bowl, or any human that would pet them.
These purple flowers (They are too pretty to call weeds!) grew in huge masses to create entire fields of purple glory.
This is a hole in a tree that looks like a heart. I love the way the inside of the back of the tree looks like a rough wood floor. Cool, huh?
It was a fabulously warm day with a gentle breeze and stunning clouds in the sky. I always love to capture the water, trees, and sky together.
There were a few kayakers in the water.
The hollowed base of this tree creates a cave. You can’t really see if from the angle I took the photo because I was trying to show the hole on the other side where the dogs have been running through the tree! You can actually see the path.
Here is a tree house that is in the woods. I always wanted a tree house when I was little. I had to settle for bulding lean-tos in the woods.
While I was disappointed that there was not a castle, there was a manor house. This is NOT it though. I took a pic of the house which is really just a huge old plantation home with four chimneys. However, as we left the park and rounded into town we came upon this architectural marvel. This was close enough to a castle for me. Sorry that the photo doesn’t get the whole house but I was hanging out the window taking it while Dirt Man was driving. Yes, we are just a couple of nuts with a furry dog. But hey, we got sushi when we left….therefore our day was complete.