After spending the first two days of Labor Day weekend working around in the yard of our new house, I wanted to have a picnic on Labor Day. Being new to the area, I browsed around on the Internet for parks and lakes nearby. There were a handful to choose from but I was surprised that the main one (and probably the biggest one) I wanted to visit was closed for the holiday.
What? A park and lake closed on one of the biggest holidays of the summer?
This is the first I’ve encountered this set back. I don’t know if they’ve always done this or if it is something new due to budget restraints.
Oh well, it all turned out great because we went to my next choice and had a great time.
Eno River State Park is just outside of Durham, North Carolina.
Eno River State Park has thirty miles of hiking trails, picnic facilities, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and back country camping.
It was a gorgeous day, sunny and warm. We ate our picnic of pasta salad and chips & dip while people watching. I love to people watch. Occupational hazard I guess, being a writer 🙂 Then we hiked down to the Eno River.
There were a lot of kids and dogs enjoying the water, but I try not to take photos with people who might not want to be photographed. This photo was taken a little farther down the river.
There was a great swinging bridge that crossed the river. I love these types of bridges. They’re like an amusement park ride when you’re trying to walk on a surface that is moving. This bridge received a lot of traffic and it was funny watching people’s reactions.
Here’s my husband posing for the camera.
This sign is posted on one of the supports for the swinging bridge. If you can’t read it, it says that the river had risen to the bottom of the sign during Hurricane Fran on Sept 6, 1996. Now, look at how high the sign is…
You can see these guys walking under the bridge and the sign is at least another 6 or 7 feet higher! Whew!
All in all, a wonderful Labor Day in the woods.
Do you like swinging bridges or not? Let me know…
Here’s a few more of my North Carolina posts: