It’s been cold here in South Jersey, very cold. I’m not a fan of cold weather, and I have been dreaming of spring. I want the sun to shine, the flowers to bloom, to not have to wear five layers to walk the dog.
I’ve been wanting to write about past adventures, and I thought it might help my winter blues to write about an adventure that took place in the springtime.
So, I’m about to write about my springtime adventure in Ridley Creek. It’s a very special memory for me, actually.
In late April 2012, Daniel, Trinity, and I crossed the bridge to meet up with Megan, Dave, and Charlie. This was a special trip. While Megan and I had hung out numerous times, this was the first time meeting each other’s families! I know I was a little nervous because we’re silly and weird. I was afraid Dave would think we were completely insane. If you’re a follower of the blog, you’ll know that didn’t happen.
We met up at their apartment, where we ordered HUGE, delicious cheesesteaks, and just hung out for a little while. We weren’t sure we would be able to adventure due to an impending storm. We decided to take a chance, and enjoy the unseasonably HOT and sunny day.
Ridley Creek State Park is located about 16 miles from Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s about 2600 acres in size and offers a variety of actives We were there to hike on the 5 mile paved trail.
The park is beautiful, especially in the spring. They have a variety of trees along the paved trail that are numbered. If you’re interested, there is a podcast and Google Earth virtual tour that discuss the trees. It’s part of a Penn State outreach project about biodiversity.
The place *does* have some pretty amazing trees.
Besides tress, the main loop also has some amazing views of Ridley Creek, which is popular for fishing,
beautiful, antique bridges,
amazingly green landscapes,
and historical buildings and ruins.
It was definitely worth the trip. It was an unseasonably hot day, though, so we didn’t make it all the way around the trail. Trinity was not up to it. Instead, we headed back towards the parking lot to hang out in the large field and eat cupcakes.
Yum. Cupcakes. I remember I brought Key Lime Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream, which were amazing. I ate way too many of them.
I think this is where Trinity decided that Dave was awesome. It was in that field that he helped her fine-tune her zombie plan and run zombie drills. Fun times were had by all, and we all became amazing friends.
It’s also where Daniel and Trinity tore the space-time continuum…. or, ya know, ran through the scene while I was trying to take a panoramic photo.
I wonder what would happen if someone ran with the motion of the camera, instead of against it. This will need to be explored further at a later time.
We grabbed some dinner at Applebee’s later that evening and headed home. It started raining as we were crossing the Commodore. I’m so thankful that it held out so we could enjoy such an amazing day.
I plan to return to Ridley Creek State Park for some more adventuring. Specifically, I want to find the cemetery mentioned in The Little GSP’s post.