Love in the Park

Volunteers find love along the trail
by Mary Helen Darah

Joe and Pamela Rosol
Joe and Pamela Rosol

Joe and Pamela Rosol found love in the park and on the trail as members of the Volunteer Trail Patrol at Wildwood Metropark. The two are entering their 6th year of service to the Metroparks of the Toledo Area. After losing their spouses, they formed a friendship on the trails which led to Pamela asking Joe to accompany her to a lecture on bats at Secor Metropark because she didn’t want to go alone. “There was absolutely nothing romantic about it. It was all about bats that night,” she recalled. Joe then asked her out to dinner, and after a few days of pondering, she agreed. The couple then began dating regularly. One day while patrolling the overlook, Joe got down on one knee and proposed. The couple wed on Sept. 20 of last year. A honeymoon is planned this month in St. Lucia.

Before hitting the trail with her new husband, Pam offered some advice. “You can change your life no matter what tragedy happens to you. When you least expect it something amazing will happen.” As you head out this month, keep in mind that love could be just around the bend, down the road or in their case, on the trail ahead.