The campground has a small beach, but it is partially clogged with sticks and weeds. It was also too far to walk to anywhere I could change out of my swimsuit afterwards (legally – Grrrrr!!). There is also a playground! This playground contains many rare elements, some of which I have not seen before – and certainly not all in one place. There is a slide with ridges. Testing it out, I found that they neither slow one down nor speed one up. They’re just weird. I found some wobbling steps that came with a rope handrail. I found two sets of two horns. My theory is that they allow long-distance communication across the playground, but I had nobody to test this with. I found steps that move up and down. I found a bridge that made booming sounds as it flexed under my weight. This may not have been according to design, but it was still pretty awesome. I pretended to be a dinosaur. I found an extensive climbing wall. Lastly, there were two locations underneath the main structure that were designed to look like offices or fossil excavation sites (I only took a picture of the office). This would have been at least 49.472 times more fun if I had someone else to play with.
I also saw a strange moth in the restroom. It had a bright yellow, fuzzy thorax, bright pink feathery antennae, and its wings were bright yellow and bright pink. At first, I thought it was a gum wrapper. I took a picture and the colors on my phone came out exactly the way it looked in real life. This was by far the best picture from Bear Brook. Strangely, when it came time to prep my blog post, I found the picture altered to nothing but a green and black rectangle. :(
Two days later, I was bored and thought I would go back to the park to take a side trail to a clearing I know about and sit and read. I carried my chair. This did not work out. First, the flies were overwhelming. There were so many in front of my eyes I couldn’t see where I was going, and there were so many hovering in front of my mouth and nose I couldn’t breathe. The buzzing was so loud, I didn’t even hear the thunder at first. Second, a thunderstorm started to move in. Third, it was so incredibly humid that I feel like I lost three-quarters of my body weight to sweat (this might be why the bug spray didn’t seem to do much good). Fourth, the side trail had completely grown over since 2012 and I could not find it (the flies in my eyes didn't help any). Defeated, I returned to the car and ate lunch. While I waited, I realized the thunderstorm was not getting any closer and I thought I could risk a short walk. I got maybe forty yards before BOOM!!! The thunder suddenly jumped much closer. I left after that.