The Pennsylvania Park Hop

Well, trail heads, I’ve just returned from a week-long jaunt out to north-central Pennsylvania – Potter and Tioga counties, to be more or less exact – with the family.

Tonight’s blog posting is going to be short, since I’ve got stuff to take care of, so I’m going to give you a preview of some future postings.

Our trip, I think, is best described as a park hop – we’d spend a few hours, or a day, visiting a different state park. And they’ve got some fine ones out there – Mom’s still singing the praises of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Day 1: Paid a visit to Cherry Springs State Park, which is reputed to be the site of some of the best stargazing in the world. Then hopped over to look at Leonard Harrison State Park, over in the Grand Canyon. (Didja know Pennsylvania’s got its own Grand Canyon? I didn’t before we came out here, to be honest.) Day 2: Broke out the bikes and took on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Day 3: Spent the day hiking, playing horseshoes and hanging out with a mob of bicyclists down at Ole Bull State Park.

In between all that, did a little (okay, a lot of) night sky photography, saw the Perseids shower, saw a bear in the sky (Ursa Major), saw another bear just outside the front door one morning (more on that later), found a geocache in Coudersport…yeah, we were pretty busy.

Between all that, and a little jaunt I took to Cheesequake State Park here in NJ last week, I’ve got some serious blog fodder to share with you over the next few weeks. Plus, this morning I signed up for one of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s trail maintenance workshops coming up in September.

Stay tuned!

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