Thanks to Billy Daisey: A '57 Chevrolet
CAPE HENLOPEN — 4 April 2011
A while back I posted a photo of a car that's been rusting away in the dunes of Cape Henlopen for as long as I've been hiking those parts. Billy Daisey wrote the other day and said the car is a 1957 Chevrolet - a classic '57 Chevy. "It's red and it's been there since the sixties," wrote Daisey.
The vehicle is one of three or four that provide landmarks for those wandering and hunting that wilderness area. The state is trying to keep people out of the area, having posted PERMIT ONLY signs a while back. I've been lobbying to make those 900 acres, turned over to the state from Lewes back in the early 1980s, into a designated wilderness area without formal trails but still open to the public.
The area is the site of the former Lewes dump and is filled with debris and other items being steadily hidden by nature's March. Buzzards like to nest there and deer sleep in well-protected (and hidden) meadows. The truth of the matter is that very few people other than hunters hike back in there. Bugs, poison ivy and snakes make the area less than paradise during the warm months and on the cold months few people do any hiking. The state, with its new signs, has created a problem where there is none - in my opinion. I'll keep my individual pressure stoked.