It was love at first sight as six-year old Lopez greeted me along the nature trails at Cornwall Park.
As if a clone of Torrie or Bigelow, I could barely resist when his owner said I could have him. A special bandage and plastic bag had been made up to protect a wound on one of his back paws so he could safely run the trails today and I could tell when the two made eye contact that both of their hearts would probably break if they were to part. I simply sucked up more than my share of Golden hugs and forced myself down the trail to see if that old bench was still along what we called “Lovers’ Lane” when we were children.
Well-established, not much has changed at Cornwall Park during my lifetime. The wading pool has been replaced with a new set of colorful stuff for little ones to climb and play on, those exercise stations that challenged my son and daughter as we explored the trails in the early 80s have disappeared, frisbee golf now winds through the big trees, and a few more trails have been added throughout the forested portion of the park. The bridge over Squalicum Creek seems to look the same to me now as it did when I was eight years old – but I suspect at least a board or two has been replaced since then.
With approximately a mile and a half of nature trails throughout the park, I covered them all – twice – and few a third time.
Information and about Cornwall Park can be found on the website for the City of Bellingham here – http://www.cob.org/services/recreation/parks-trails/cornwall-park.aspx – and a brochure that includes park history and a detailed map can be found here – http://www.cob.org/documents/parks/parks-trails/cornwall-park-brochure.pdf.