About twenty years ago, I bought five acres of Vermont woods.
I spent a couple years pruning and trimming it into a woodsy
but open picnic area. For eight years, it was a wonderful place
to enjoy nature, complete with nearby swimming hole. In 1998,
I made this parcel of land a permanent picnic area by donating
it to the Brattleboro Retreat under the condition that it could
never be developed.But I can still go there and collect rocks.