If you enjoy strolling through lush green forest, you may enjoy Willis Tucker Park. However, if you want the paths you’re taking to lead somewhere other than more trees and underbrush, say to a lake, river or some kind of view, you’re sure to be disappointed at Willis Tucker Park. The paths circle and wind around, going nowhere.
Although I’m feeling dissatisfied with life because I haven’t been anywhere new and interesting in weeks, I enjoyed walking through the woods at Willis Tucker, which is just a mile from my house and a place I’ve been to many times. I grew up wandering through salmon berry bushes, nettles and ferns under a canopy of alder and maple leaves, so the woods feel like home to me. I’m surprised my legs aren’t permanently stained green from all the trail blazing I did as a youth. I love the damp, fresh scent of the forest in May and June, the way everything is so fluffy and green. I love how enthusiastic the birds are as they sing about the return to life and how the sunlight dances on the ground between leaves that haven’t yet dried out in the hot summer sun.
Smarty enjoys Willis Tucker Park too, sometimes a little too much. We rounded a bend on a trail in the dog park to find him emerging from a mud puddle. He was so excited to show us his great find.
Before we could stop him, he headed back for more mud wallowing, necessitating a trip to the DIY dog wash place afterward.
So, I guess it is incorrect to say the paths of Willis Tucker don’t lead to anything. Some of them lead to mud puddles! 🙂