By W.R. Jones
This is a fountain on a hill overlooking a lake. There is a road leading up to this spot but it was closed with a locked gate.
As part of a state park you must pay to get access to the lake and surrounding areas. This particular spot is the only part of the park that I enjoy so I was bummed first by paying then by the locked gate. I drove back to the park entrance to ask the ranger if she could get the gate opened. She told me she did not know why the gate was locked but there must be a reason.
She had me wait for 20 minutes as she processed other campers/picnickers. She then called someone who said the gate was closed for a reason but he didn’t know what it was. I think I know. The fewer areas open, the less cleanup to do at the end of the day.
So, I had to park below the hill and WALK up. What kind of outdoor activity is that? There are benches and tables at the top. With a road leading up the hill, clearly the plan was to have you drive up, sit on a bench, and drink beer. If it wasn’t for my ingenuity and willingness to walk that 53 yards, my day could have been ruined.