By Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader
Yes, it is true. We saw the sun for a good portion of the day yesterday, and we even had a sunset. I was fortunate, because it was the evening of our Flint Woods to Granogue Hike and Dinner, one of my favorite programs.
This exclusive hike, on land not accessible to the public, is about 3 miles long. It began in the old-growth forests of the Delaware Nature Society’s Flint Woods Preserve. Here, we saw Pileated Woodpeckers, and heard the beautiful songs of the Wood Thrush and Veery as we passed large oaks, hickories, beeches, and the ghosts of dead American chestnut trees.
Eventually, we emerged from the woods and entered the open country of Granogue, which is in my opinion the most impressive of the northern Delaware duPont estates. We were just in time for a sunset and a superb dinner at the water tower.
After a 3-mile hike, it was very nice to end with a gourmet dinner prepared and delivered by Michele Wales, Coverdale Farm Program Coordinator. We happily plated our meal, and went to the top of the tower. Here, we ate and viewed the Brandywine Valley, with its undulating hills of forest. In the distance, we could see hills around Downingtown, PA.