One of my favorite places to go sailing - and running - is Colt State Park in Bristol RI.
As the website for the Rhode Island Division of Parks and recreation says...
Colt State Park is often referred to as the 'Gem' of the State Parks System. The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. Open year round, the park offers four miles of bicycle trails passing along the Bay and through 464 acres of groomed fruit trees, carefully nurtured flowering bushes, and manicured lawns. Rich in history, it proudly displays ten large playfields, a historical museum, and six picnic groves containing 400+ picnic tables.
Not to mention a couple of excellent boat launching ramps with more than adequate parking for trailers.
I wasn't there on Sunday.
Just as well because apparently members of the Blood gang from Fall River, Providence and New Hampshire decided to meet at Colt State Park for a Memorial Day weekend cookout.
What? Gangs have cookouts? Who would have thunk it?
Wait. It gets worse.
As (one assumes) sometimes happens at Blood gang cookouts, there was a little disagreement which turned the cookout into a shootout. One man was shot. One man was stabbed. They are both now in hospital.
In idyllic, peaceful Colt State Park!
Is nowhere safe any more?
I think I'll go sailing this afternoon.