CPT A has had the last two weeks off, and though we haven’t taken a traditional family vacation this year, we have spent time exploring spots in the local area that had somehow previously escaped our attention. One of those areas was Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
That’s my hand in front of a T. Rex footprint. It was amazing to see a cast of the print first hand and to spend time exploring the Exhibit Center where a trackway containing hundreds of dinosaur tracks is preserved and on display.
(That’s Ginger acting like a dinosaur).
Outside the Center are over two miles of nature trails through varying swampy and forested areas. The trails are free and open year round – I imagine they’ll be gorgeous in just a few weeks when the trees begin to lose their leaves.
Speaking of trees, here’s what I believe is an Umbrella Magnolia.
The leaves on this tree were huge and I kept trying to imagine what it would look like in fall and how comical it would be to rake up such enormous leaves.
CPT A and I are both a bit smitten with Umbrella Magnolias at the moment. We saw a charming juvenile version at a botanical garden sale plot last week and were very tempted to bring it home with us. More research is needed, though.
On the way home from Dinosaur State Park, we stumbled onto the nation’s oldest continuously operating ferry.
People have been crossing at this point in the Connecticut River since 1655. Mind boggling! It was only $6 for the four minute trip, so we got in line. Only three cars could cross at a go, so there was a bit of a wait, but I think it was worth it.
Something else we saw on our drive home…tobacco barns.
These are common in northern Connecticut, and, this time of year, they’re thrown open with enormous tobacco leaves hanging inside to dry. I’m not a smoker, nor am I a fan of tobacco, but I do find those barns intriguing.
Writing from the upstairs bedroom tonight because the girls are watching a movie and it’s very loud downstairs,