Connecticut’s Hidden Parks – Tarrywile in Danbury

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Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT.

Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT. Photo by Esha Samajpati. All rights reserved ©

Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT.

Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT. Photo by Esha Samajpati. All rights reserved ©

Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT.

Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT. Photo by Esha Samajpati. All rights reserved ©

Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT.

Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT. Photo by Esha Samajpati. All rights reserved ©

Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT.

Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT. Photo by Esha Samajpati. All rights reserved ©

Now, you don’t expect people to drive down to Danbury in Connecticut to experience nature, do you? Nah, they would rather go to Maine. Approximately 39 miles northeast of New York City, Danbury is part of the New York metropolitan area and as diverse as one can imagine.

It’s famous for its mall, second largest in Connecticut. It has a thriving restaurant scene but it is constantly upstaged by its neighboring towns when it comes to schools and other amenities coveted by suburban life. But what about that all important proximity to parks and birds and a little bit of wildlife?

Danbury houses all of that in Tarrywile Park, and more. Dotted with birdhouses, and lakes and ponds and hiking trails, it’s one of those secrets that a town with a reputation for being gritty refuses to share with the world. Heck, it even has a mansion.

We go there often. Last week, we arrived at an odd hour, off-peak if you will, and had the entire park mostly to ourselves. I wasn’t sure I liked that. What if a bear jumped out of the dense woods? If you think I am joking, check this out. But then, slowly, people began to flow in, dogs and kids filled the peace and quiet. Yes, the very same peace and quiet I wasn’t so sure I was enjoying before.

One dog-walker forgot to pick up after one of her four-legged friends, so I had to go over and tell her. She said she didn’t notice and cleaned up the mess. Of course, this is something I would rather not do on a walk. I would rather be alone with my thoughts. Or spend that time pointing out bugs and birds and crazy leaf patterns to my kids. Wouldn’t you?

But that’s the problem with life. Either it’s too quiet. Or it’s too loud and busy. Maybe there’s an in-between. Maybe there isn’t, and you have to find your own in-between.

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