I typically plan the location of our adventure based on how long we have to spend and how far away it is, when I was looking for a shorter (~1 hour) adventure I decided upon Rittenhouse Park in Newark, DE. It happened to be about 28 degrees at the time and although D doesn’t feel cold, I was pretty sure my toes would fall off if we stayed there for too terribly long.
Since I lived in Newark for 3 years, I had driven past this park numerous times and hadn’t thought anything of it but now I wanted to see what I had been missing and I am so disappointed that we had not gone sooner! This place is such a little gem tucked away in the woods near the University of Delaware.
|The first time he noticed his breath in the cold!|
The Christiana River is the heart of the park and the trails run parallel to it on either side, but beware! When you get to the bridge (you can’t miss it!) if you keep going straight you will follow the path all the way to Maryland if you don’t turn around. If you choose to cross the bridge, the trail leads you to a pavilion, a rain garden and then a playground and ends not too far after that.
We went in to this visit with zero expectations which is the best way because then you can’t be disappointed! We were completely surprised to find the playground, although it’s on the older side and small, but D was thrilled anyway.
While we were exploring the area, I noticed that there were examples of many of the “lessons” I wrote about from our other adventures here at Rittenhouse Park so I thought it would be a good idea to revisit them! If you are new to The Bucket, I highly recommend starting at the beginning and reading through all of the posts. There is SO much to learn so I try to cover something new each time.
|Tracks, poison ivy, thigmotropism, tree roots|
We definitely plan on visiting Rittenhouse Park again in the Spring when the forest floor is covered with trout lilies and the creek is stocked with actual trout!