So far, our stay in Chester County, Pennsylvania, west of Philadelphia, has involved just about everything other than our usual outdoor activities. Each weekend day has been absorbed in visiting family in the area, and most of the weekdays have been devoted to having our water heater replaced, restocking our refrigerator, and fussing with a minor leak from the new water heater. Luckily, our campground is lovely, and little Ruby kitten has enjoyed exploring it. We've enjoyed morning walks in the area, including down by the Brandywine Creek, which flows past the campground.
One reason we like this campground is that the 1,282-acre ChesLen Preserve sits right across the road from us. It is one of the region's largest private nature preserves. It was the vision of local philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, whose donation of 568 acres to the Natural Lands Trust inspired Chester County to transfer 500 additional acres. Subsequent purchases of additional lands rounded out the Preserve as we know it today.
We were here in May 2014, when we used ChesLen Preserve for some soggy hiking after a flood, and for long-distance running to train for the 2014 Broad Street Run in Philly with Katie and Matt.
It's a real luxury to be able to start out a major hike right from our doorstep, but today we were able to do that, so our trailhead selfie got to be taken on our own patio!