I think that for my last blog for Caledon State Parkas the November Park of the Month it is apropos to think about what has passed…
It’s funny how the end of a year brings on change or at least makes us think of the years past
While writing this park of the month series I have been reminiscing and thinking about all the changes Caledon has had over the last few years:
A big one was when the name changed from Caledon Natural Area to Caledon State Park.
Another was whenthe wonderful paddle-in campground opened.
A sad one was when we lost two great volunteers Gene Miller in 2012 and Buddy Fines just very recently. Gene could be found doing whatever was needed around the park and Buddy helping out in many ways, he was one of the reasons our Veteran’s Hunt ran so well. You two will always be a part of Caledon.
Mr. Buddy Fines
People feel very passionate about Caledon and it shows in the volunteers, the Friends Group and the people that support the programs in the park. We're like one big family at times!
Another pretty big change that you will notice atCaledon State Parkis Chief Ranger Sammy Zambon accepted a promotion and will soon be working out of Central Office in Richmond!
Bitter sweet in that we wish Sammy Zambon well but we are all going to miss him like crazy. If you have been to a program of Sammy’s you know is a natural born naturalist! Someone is going to have mighty big shoes to fill, no pun Sammy (I recalled kidding him about his shoes looking like two small kayaks, hehe). We will miss seeing him and his family around the park. But, with the quality of program managers the parks have, I am sure we will find just the right fit for Caledon.Good luck Sammy and good luck to the new person.
Sammy and a Red Tailed Hawk
- For the month of December don’t forget to make plans to join one of the “Night Before Christmas Hayrides” and say good bye to Sammy yourself. Click here for a schedule.
- On January 1st celebrate the New Year by getting outside to find those ornaments the possum has hidden from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00p.m Yes that is what I said,Possum Presents, find out morehere.
I wonder what 2015 will hold for Caledon State Park?
If you would like to volunteer or join the Friends of Caledon, please contact the park office for more information. If you have never had the opportunity to visitCaledon State Parkand would like to plan a visit please check out our website. There is hiking, biking and year round programs. Seasonal kayaking tours and special events. Please remember all programs require reservations.
Caledon State Park is beautiful year-round, come out and enjoy a nice long walk in the winter