You can have an adventure just about anywhere, even if you’re not looking for it. Today I went for a walk in the park and ended up in my very own version of The Princess Bride; not the kissing part, the fireswamp part. Here’s how my walk started out:
Pretty, right? Snowy pathways, leafy trees, all very benign. I took the path to the left, winding upwards into the thick woodlands. As I wandered deeper into the woods, I began to notice more and more branches lining the walkways:
I also noticed that said branches were not attached to trees. Hmm. A little further on, I began to hear loud cracks or popping noises (fireswamp, anyone?) and this happened:
Yhup, a flurry of branches broke free from their trees and plummeted noisily to the pathway right in front of me. But that was only the beginning:
I got quite adept at hearing the telltale cracks and backing up against the nearest tree trunk to make sure I was out of harm’s way. It’s amazing how quickly your survival instinct kicks in. Obviously at this point I had decided to cut short my idyllic woodland ramble and was heading back towards open spaces, but there were more surprises in store. A thundering snap sounded like a cannon shot which resulted in this:
…and an even louder one provided this:
That flurry of snow on the right hand side is the rest of the snow coming down from the tree as that branch (well, not really a branch so much as most of a tree) had literally just crashed down 5 feet in front of my face. Here’s what the remnant of the tree looked like:
Thankfully, I made it safely out of the fireswamp, now can we skip to the kissing part?
adventure happens by just being out in the world. Enjoy.
So true, Dohn. I bump into adventures waiting to happen all the time. x
What an amazing walk. Thanks for the pictures of the adventure
Glad you enjoyed it, the bits of the park I managed to see whilst dodging falling branches was just lovely. Just read your latest post, I have a wall dedicated to post-it notes, it’s the only way to go 🙂
Wow! Sometimes those branches do hurt people – glad you missed that! Being from NY, I’m wondering which park???
It was Inwood Hill Park – the NY Parks Dept issued a warning to people to avoid most of the NY Parks that day – but they only issued the warning when I got home. I wonder if anyone got hit. It was actually kind of scary, I don’t mind admitting I was quite relieved when I made it out of the park that day!
Great pics, but loved the story telling and the reference to one of my favorite movies “Princess Bride”
Love that movie 🙂