Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania

Today we went to beautiful Ricketts Glen State Park and hiked the aptly named Falls Trail, which has 22 waterfalls. The highest waterfall is 94 feet tall. The combination of Autumn foliage and rushing waterfalls was absolutely stunning.

We were surprised to find snow on the ground on the upper part of the trail.

Pretty green hemlocks and white snow.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Wolf Swamp, Deep Lake, and Big Pocono State Park

Today was a perfect day for a visit to the Pocono Mountains. Fall foliage is nearing its peak, and the day was warm and clear. Wolf Swamp and Deep Lake are glacier lakes nestled in the beautiful Pennsylvania forests. We were treated to views of brilliant vermilion, orange, and yellow foliage while we hiked to these picturesque lakes. Later in the day we also hiked Big Pocono State Park for beautiful vistas and views of Delaware Water Gap and Little Gap. After a long day hiking, we had homemade pasta at charming Sette Luna in Easton.

Brilliant orange maples against an azure sky

Vermilion trees amidst forests of birch and pine

Brilliant red and yellow

Beautiful canopy of Autumn foliage

Reflections of brilliant color in Wolf Swamp

Colorful shoreline

Panorama view of Wolf Swamp

Translucent maple leaves

Deep Lake through the pines

We stopped for lunch by the shore of Deep Lake and watched a Kingfisher fishing for his dinner.

Lily pads near the surface. We watched schools of minnows and a few salamanders in the shallows.

Panorama view of Deep Lake

We also hiked some of the trails at Big Boulder State Park and were treated to vistas of the colorful forests below.

Delaware Water Gap in the distance

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lehigh Gorge State Park, Glen Onoko Falls

Today we hiked the scenic 1.7 mile waterfall trail at Glen Onoko Falls three times. Although the mileage was not high, there was a lot of scrambling and climbing, making it a challenging hike. We had a beautiful day, highs in the eighties with low humidity. Later we stopped at Jim Thorpe's charming Hotel Switzerland for sandwiches and other refreshments.

Pretty waterfall

Jules, our fearless hike leader

After a climb

Another refreshing waterfall

Our group

More waterfalls

Waterfall from our third loop, we took a slightly different trail

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania

Lehigh Gorge is a pretty Pennsylvania state park along the Lehigh River in Carbon and Luzerne counties. Today we biked on the riverside path from Rockport to White Haven and back again. It was a warm day, but the path had plenty of shade and a slight cool breeze from the river.

A view through the trees of the Lehigh River

The rhododendrons were blossoming in beautiful pink and white flowers.

By the rhododendrons

A pretty little waterfall to cool off in

A slight bend in the river