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Travel: walking paths Winterthur Gardens in Delaware

Come with me to Winterthur Garden’s most magical spots.

Travel to an Iconic Kid-Friendly Walk in DE

Hi, I’m Marsha. In September my travel plans included beautiful, forested Delaware. If you want an easy walk that families can enjoy because ANYONE can do it, come to Winterthur Gardens in DE. Here I am sitting resting on the edge of my seat at the edge of the Enchanted Woods at Winterthur Gardens near Hockessin, DE.

Travel: walking paths Marsha Ingrao at Winterthur Gardens

I asked Mom’s cousin Hal to snap a picture of me. He got 139 bursts of me. Too many hehehe! Not a bad picture for someone who is nearly blind.

More than one of the du Pont boys who owned DuPont Chemical Company, where my mother’s cousin Hal worked, loved gardens. We were so glad he did as we meandered the broad path around the gardens for about three hours. Yes, we were lost at times. This map did not help. 🙂

Travel: walking paths Map of Winterthur Gardens

Winterthur’s 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy who served as the basis for his life’s work in the garden.”

Off the edge of the pathway at a middle point in the 1,000 acres of Winterthur was an Enchanted Woods.

Travel: walking paths Stone troll bridge in Enchanted Forest-Winterthur Gardens

Do you dare to cross the troll bridge?

Be Brave! Travel On!

Come on chickens. We crossed the troll bridge into the Enchanted Woods. First, let me introduce you to Hal. As some of you already know he’s 91. In his day he engineered hard plastics in car engines. Although now he is at the losing edge of blindness, he walked three hours guiding me through the gardens at Winterthur. (The blind leading the blind at times)

As we entered the Woods Hal could not resist the first hands-on activity for us kids.

I felt like a kid here. At one edge was a fairy ring. Hal told me not to get too close. But, Hal is blind. What does he know, right?  Who can resist advice like that?

Travel: walking paths Along the edge of the path-Fairy Ring.

Nothing happened. Did I dare step inside the ring?

I was clearly standing on the edge. What would you do with a sign like that? You can’t read it either, can you? hahaha

Travel: walking paths Mist pours from beneath the concrete mushrooms inside the fairy ring.

NEVER STEP INSIDE A FAIRY RING! Uh oh!

Soon I was covered in a mist that spread through the gardens. Everyone passing by knew I had disobeyed the sign. I hoped these were good fairies.

Travel: walking paths A clump of stumps next to the fairy ring

What happened here. Did the fairies cut down the trees? Maybe the trolls did it.

Here are a few more pictures of the fairy ring. These giant concrete mushrooms trapped several gleeful young children. We could hear laughter and see mist filtering through the trees as we walked around.

Travel: walking paths Mist coming out a hole at the bottom of each concrete mushroom

Like magic, the mist started.

Travel: walking paths Mist shoots straight up from the inside the ring

Watch out!

Travel: walking paths Mist spreads outside the ring and begins to dissipate.

Whew! I escaped unharmed, but those little spirits chased me for a while.

Lucky for me I run fast! 🙂 That’s it for now.

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