There are a few 30-somethings that may think
this new trail at the Loyd Place looks familiar.
And it should, for Jennifer, Amanda, Taryn,
Kenneth, Elizabeth, Grace, Rachel, Sally, and Jane.
Because this "new" trail was a favorite play spot
for many of these kids back in the '80's. The funny
thing is, it never was part of our property. But it
is now. You see, for decades, Pinehurst owned a
wide swath on the west side of the Murdocksville
Road (in addition to the right-of-way) which was
their bridle trail. Since 2000, we've acquired the
0.4 acre frontage that was once that trail. And I've
been at work cleaning up the little corner where the
kids once played.
In this view from the road, you can see the drainage
ditch where water has NEVER drained! It's odd.
There's a pipe under Murdocksville Road, but even
in heavy rain, no water comes through the pipe. I
think it's been blocked or clogged since before we
moved here in 1978.
So the "dry" ditch makes a fun play place,
especially with a good carpet of soft leaves.
I've added this makeshift "ladder" so the 4 and
5 year-old grandkids can easily get up and
down the slippery banks. There's also a knotted
rope to the left of the ladder by which they may
want to rappel up. If a four-feet height qualifies
as a rapel.
I need to do a little more cleaning of this
pipe before the explorers start crawling
through, but I've blown out the leaves
that were in it.
It's plenty big. Even I could crawl through
it in a pinch. But if any kids get stuck, I'm
sure we can pull out from one end or the other.
I expanded on a narrow surveyor's path to
make a mini trail system. Here's the way
to the "ravine."
This is a parallel "upper" path that comes
directly to the ladder and rope.
A large blackberry patch borders the trail
area. I've begun to "tame" and prune it,
making a cut-through so we can access all
sides of the berry patch more easily. It
yielded some great berries for cobblers, pies,
and muffins last summer.
The blackberry patch reaches all the way
to the roadside. And at its edge is a fine
little dogwood tree that has great possibilities.
And speaking of possibilities, I can't wait to
see ways the grandkids dream up to enjoy
this new play space.