I took advantage of the East wind yesterday to burn 15 brush piles right along Hwy 67. This is the area where the barn once stood that was part of the Parker Hotel and Mann/Dousman/Parker Trout Ponds complex. THE PONDS OF THE SCUPPERNONG is a fascinating history that has deepened my appreciation for the opportunity I have to spend so much time at this wonderful place that was cherished by so many people over the years.
My plan was to burn the phragmites piles along the river first.
That proved impossible as they were thoroughly soddened. I quickly gave that up and went over to the old barn site.
I’ve been concerned about burning these piles, given their close proximity to Hwy 67, and the light, Easterly winds provided the perfect conditions.
Here is the old barn foundation.
The view from Hwy 67 is beautiful, albeit, a bit loud. I filmed from the edge of the road and then wandered down to the edge of the barn foundation shown above. You can see 15 or so brush piles between the trail and the River that we hope to burn tomorrow.
See you at the Springs!