Sherlock Holmes & Devils Hopyard Park

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

March 25, 2008

So I gathered a small group of friends to go camping. It was the 5 of us in 3 tents with lots of food and booze. You would think that having 2 guys around would make camping a lot easier but its not. It took us about 2 hours to get the tents up and ready. Meanwhile, I had to prepare for our bonfire. I thought that I could just walk around the woods to pick up tree barks and sticks but boy was I wrong. Apparently this campsite was high-class and it was illegal to pick up scattered twigs from the ground. Panicking because we now have no wood to fuel the fire, my two friends and I went on an adventure to find Home Depot. But of course being in the middle no where there is no Home Depot- only a gas station. Good enough at least the gas station sold starting wood. It just wasn't enough for our one night. So on the ride back to the campsite, Corey had a brilliant idea to stop by the roads to pick up large barks of wood. How silly we were because I had to drive and stop every 10 minutes so that Corey, Vera and I could scavenge for fire wood.Needless to say, we got our bonfire going and roasted some hot dogs and marshmallows.

March 26, 2008:

The ground was hard but still got some sleep. Woke up the next morning all chipper and excited to go hiking! Packed lunch and was ready to go but not before having breakfast! Oy, ever try making scrambled eggs in an open fire? It takes forever and is very difficult. Must have two people to work on making breakfast for everyone. But open fire eggs do taste real good when it's done!

Off on our hiking adventure! Through the woods, around some loops, get lost a little and forget some signs. But its ok because we just follow the tree with blue flags on it! Lo and Behold, we stumble across one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Connecticut! But the problem was that we were on the other end of the trail. Apparently the blue flags were meant for rangers and not pedestrians. We came this far and reached the waterfall, I am in no way turning back to go on the right path just to make it on the pedestrian side of the waterfall! Annie's brilliant idea... lets take the short cut and hop those rocks to get on the pedestrian side. Again, through brushes and over twigs, freak out at a water snake and making sure we don't fall into the river, we manage to land on a big safe rock. Whew, all that hard work paid off because we were on a gigantic rock with the most spectacular view of Devil Hopyard's waterfall.

As if that wasn't enough for an adventure, on our way back to the car, Corey discovers that he has a tick in his finger. Great.... if you know ticks like I do, they burrow their heads under your skin. If you manage to break off their body, the tick can still live with it's head burrowed in your skin. Then it would be a bad situation for Corey's finger. So I got to play doctor and spent 30 minutes prying the tick out of his finger with a scalpel and tweezers. Head and body out- squished the little guy and moved on with our lives. Finger still in tacked- Mission accomplished. Wish I had a picture of the tick for you all to see but I was to busy playing doctor.

March 27, 2008:

Here's the part you have all been waiting for! William Gillette's (the original Sherlock Holmes) Castle! I love castles and everything about them. William Gillette was a smart guy because if I had a castle, I too would make it fire proof. Try and burn down his castle! It wont happen. He's got class and elegance and knows how to make a cold castle warm and charming.

Camping with great friends is always a great time!
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