With some extra time on my hands, I’ve been taking the kids to different Pennsylvania State Parks.
Molly has regularly expressed her surprise that I like to do this. I was shocked she was surprised about this. After 11 years, I assumed she knew I liked walking in the woods.
Then I realized this behavior, going for walks in the woods, is probably something few people who know me were actually aware of. I’d never thought about it until now, but I’d almost always done it alone.
When I was a kid, if there was no one around to play with, I’d scamper off into the woods with a notepad and a pencil or two and draw what I saw. I didn’t do this often, but I have quite a few memories ofgalavanting around the woods in Moosic. One time, I even ended up in West Scranton without realizing it.
Sure, there were a few times I did it with friends. We’d go check out a pond, or rode our bikes along some paths. But those were fairly rare, if my memory is correct.
Anyway, even in adulthood, sometimes I’d find my way into the woods and check out the wildlife. It was the same old cliches. I found it people. I liked the air.
But rediscovering the state parks had been fun.
We even made a trip to the original earlier this year.
The first Pennsylvania State Park was Valley Forge. Now it’s a National Park, but the state had 121 state parks. I’d like to visit every one before I shuffle off this mortal coil, but that’s not a firm goal.
The parks are all over the state. if you’re reading this from somewhere other than Pennsylvania I’m sure your state has parks as well. They’re one of the hidden treasures of our government, often incredibly well run despite having small staffs.
Take some time this summer to visit one. I’m sure you’ll see something that will make your trip worthwhile.