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Two Books for Summer Camp and Hike Planning

We love to hike and to photograph nature on those hikes. I picked up two books that I am using for planning our 2013 trips. Continue reading “Two Books for Summer Camp and Hike Planning”

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Trail Review: Rhododendron Trail at Trough Creek State Park

Trough Creek State Park, Rhododendron Trail

I love Trough Creek State Park. If you aren’t from Central Pennsylvania, chances are slim that you’ve ever heard of it. It is an unknown gem. A stunning, quiet example of Pennsylvania’s beauty. When I go there, I am awed by its splendor. I may sound dramatic, but I truly love every rock, tree, and rhododendron on its hills. So, keep my opinion in mind when you hear me say anything about Trough Creek. I am extremely biased. Continue reading “Trail Review: Rhododendron Trail at Trough Creek State Park”

Trail Review: Shenango River Trail

Shenango River Trail

Not seeing too many options on our searches before reaching the Shenango River Recreation Area, we asked the ranger that stopped by our site about hiking. He kind of chuckled and responded with a statement that was translated to, “You want to hike? Here?” He went onto to explain that the trails were pretty unkept and he could not guarantee the condition of them, but would come back with a map. That he did. We went out to see for ourselves.
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Trail Review: Cook Forest State Park Hiking – Part 1

Some people dream of Hawaii and Jamaica. I have dreamt of Cook Forest State Park. I have always had a picture of it in my mind as being just perfect. Well after many years of dreaming, we headed northeast and went. I was not disappointed. The park itself is beautiful… just breathtaking (but remember, I don’t get out much). I’m going to review the park and our hike first and will cover our camping experience in another post. Continue reading “Trail Review: Cook Forest State Park Hiking – Part 1”

Cook Forest State Park Hiking: Part 2

To properly review this hike, I’ve broken it down into two posts. See the first leg of the trip in Cook Forest Part 1.”So, where were we… ” (in the tone of the storyteller grandfather from Princess Bride…) “Oh, yes, the forest.” We crossed the road and headed toward the swinging bridge entering into what is known as the Cathedral Forest area of the park. A nice bridge… not quite a cool as the one at Trough Creek, but nice (I’ll tell you about Trough Creek another time.) Anyhow, from the swinging bridge we headed up the hill on Rhododendron Trail. This 1.2 mile trail is moderate hiking and a moderate climb. The trail is clear and well marked, making it an relatively easy climb. We found some nice large rocks to sit on and have a snack to try to get our sugar levels up so that we could keep going.
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