We left early this morning, arriving at Woodland Springs Touring Park,€24--our first "adults only" campground. I must say, it's very quiet. We weren't allowed to check in until 1 pm and it was only 10:20 so we parked in the guest parking and relaxed. While I was in the office I saw a bookshelf of great books and grabbed three in under a minute. Chuck has been hooked on his first Michael Connelly experience--The Black Echo--and has not moved since he started it.
I, on the other hand, wanted to take a walk in Dartmoor. I ordered our fresh croissants and a couple of half baguettes for tomorrow and soon enough we got settled into our camping spot. I decided to try the walk right out the campground gates.
It felt good to be outside, even though the weather prediction of sunshine with no clouds turned out to be a rumor. There is lots of walking around here and I wanted to get started as soon as possible.
Soon enough, I found another sign letting me know where to go. I had to lift this very heavy gate, undo the rope from around the rock, lug it back into place and reposition the rope.
Now all I had to worry about was stepping into cow patties or bunny holes. Perky little brown bunnies were hopping around, dashing into the bushes as I clomped along. I even saw a silky little mouse in the underbrush. It does feel a little strange walking through someone's farm land but these are public footpaths.
I had no difficulty with this gate.
Soon I found my way back to the start.
This hike was just a warm up. We plan to find Spinster's Rock tomorrow and see a local castle. We'll be here for four days.
Now it's time for my book.
I traveled among unknown men,
In lands beyond the sea:
Nor England! Did I know till then
What love I bore to thee.
~ William Wordsworth