This Tuesday it was back to rain, clouds, and cool weather here in the Constitution State but last Tuesday was blue sky, puffy clouds, and the perfect day to take a drive out to Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam. After grabbing my camera and my Dad's old walking stick, the girls and I headed west out of Norwich and had a very pleasant 25-mile drive to reach our destination.
Devil's Hopyard is an 860-acre parcel of land that became State property back in 1919 and it boasts some lovely campgrounds, picnic sites, excellent bird-watching and hiking, and - more importantly - Chapman Falls which drops over 60 feet in a series of steps. I had read about the falls but never actually seen them so it seemed like the perfect time to rectify that oversight.
As a kid, I can remember my beloved grandfather telling me the story of how Devil's Hopyard got its name - the Devil had passed by the falls accidentally getting his tail wet which made him so mad he burned holes in the stones with his hooves as he bounded away - but truth of the matter is no one exactly knows how the place got its name. No matter the origin of the park's name, though, it's a pretty cool place and was well worth the journey out to see it.
The picture above was taken at the very top of Chapman Falls before it begins its descent down to the pool below where swimming is prohibited but teenagers who apparently think they are outside of the law do so anyway. Should one find themselves in trouble at the falls, you are pretty much up the proverbial creek without a paddle as cell service out there is non-existent.
Another feature of the Hopyard is the covered bridge located downstream from Chapman Falls ...
Even if it's not an antique one, I do so love me a covered bridge!
The girls posed for a few obligatory photos and then Amanda took charge of the camera to snap a few pictures herself; she does that whole "MySpace" thing so much better than I do! I think she's hoping that if I ever upgrade from my D60 that she'll 'inherit' the Nikon but I think she's got a long time to wait for that to happen! As a teenager, though, she should be used to disappointment!
All in all, we had a nice trip out to see Chapman Falls and as neither girl tried to push each other into the water I chalked it up to a good day all the way around!