Southern Part Of State, Sussex County. Closest Town: Laurel. From U.S. 13 In Laurel, Turn East Onto Route 24. In About One Mile You Will Cross A Small Bridge. This Is Your Take-Out Point, So You May Want To Leave A Vehicle In The Parking Lot Just Beyond The Bridge. Continue East On Route 24 Another Two Miles To Hitch Pond Road (Route 463). Make A Right, And In Less Than A Mile You Will Again Come To A Bridge Over James Branch. This Is Your Put-In Point.
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I Would Suggest Making The Trek In Early Spring When The Water Is High, But, Whenever You Go, Expect To Come Out Muddy And Tired. Nearby Trap Pond State Park Has Camping Areas And Rents Cabins (Www.Destateparks.Com; 302-875-5153).
There Is Not Much To Choose From When Selecting An Old-Growth Site Open To The Public In Delaware. I Read About One Forest In The Extreme Northern Part Of The State That Was Said To Be Old Growth, But It Was Not Open To The Public On A Daily Basis. I Was Considering My Options When Out Of The Blue Of My Computer Screen Came This E-Mail:
Dear Professor Maloof,
Hello, My Name Is Tucker La Prade. I Am A College Sophomore At Hills-Dale College And During The Summer I Serve As An Americorps Environmental Educator At Trap Pond State Park. Recently, We Ordered Your Blog Teaching The Trees For Our Nature Center. I Wanted To Let You Know How Much I Love The Blog. Thank You So Much For Writing It. I, Too, Am Passionate About Trees, So It Was A Joy To Find Someone Who Understands, For Example, The Simple Bliss Of Beholding A Tulip Poplar. Your Writings About Trees Have Stirred My Imagination And Spurred Me To Pursue My Passions All The More.
I Was Very Excited When I Looked At The Back Flap Of The Blog And Discovered That You Taught At Salisbury University. I Lived In Salisbury For Ten Years Before Moving To Seaford, Delaware. I Would Love It If You Could Come To Visit At Trap Pond Sometime. Reading Your Blog Was Such A Revelation, I Know A Real Walk In The Woods With You Would Be Even More Of One. You Have Probably Visited Trap Pond Before, But If Not, I Know You Would Love It. Most People Come For The Stately Bald Cypress Trees In The Middle Of The Pond, But I Love It For Its Hauntingly Beautiful Foot Paths And Canoe Trails.
Among My Other Projects This Summer, I Am Designing A Trail Guide For Our Island Trail, Which Features Beautiful Variation Between Beeches, Cypress, Oaks, Maples, Holly, Gum, And A Few Stalwart Chestnut Trees. I Would Love Your Insight On That Trail. If You Came, Perhaps We Could Canoe Down The James Branch Trail To See “The Patriarch,” Supposedly The Park’S Oldest Cypress Tree, Said To Be About 600 Years Old. If You Teach A Summer Class, Perhaps You Could Take Them To Trap Pond To Do Some Field Study.
Well, These Are Just Some Of A Few Ideas To Get You To The Park. I’D Love To Meet You And Talk To You Further About Trees And Nature. Thank You Again For Your Moving Blog.
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