My apologies for not keeping up with the blog. It’s not that it hasn’t been on my mind, it’s just that I’ve been extremely busy … here’s a short list of some of the things I’ve been doing, and places I’ve been, in the past couple of months.
Rickett’s Glen State Park – A most memorable day with a most memorable person; my second time at the park, walking the Falls Trail seemed to go quickly. Admittedly, I was a bit distracted, but I’m not sure I want to go into the details here.
The Elk Creek Cafe – Oh, yes. Another reason I haven’t posted since July is that my whole regular schedule of life kind of got disrupted right around the beginning of August. I moved off of 322 Business (aka, North Atherton Street in State College) and into the relatively quiet Linden Hall, PA (save for the jackhammering and bulldozing for the new bridge about 50 meters from the new place). There was, however, a week of being a hobo, between places – couchsurfing and the like, you know. Good friends made it relatively painless. The week finished with a trip to the Elk Creek Cafe in Milheim, PA, a cozy little bar/coffeebar that brews their own tasty beers. I went home with a growler of “Copper” at the suggestion of an employee (and friend) who has tragically found himself the victim of a brain aneurysm within the last month. My heart and hope go out to him and his family and friends.
On Wednesday, August 25, double-duty in west-central PA: Chimney Rocks and Canoe Creek – While Chimney Rocks didn’t offer a heck of a lot to explore, it did offer a hell of a view. We passed on the viewing platform and opted to sit right on the rocks. Incredible!
At Canoe Creek, we watched a swan named Burt honk away a Mallard Gang – clearly they couldn’t share the popcorn some lady gave both types of birds. Canoe Creek is quite beautiful, though very open – a good place to go and relax, but less stimulating for the mind. Again, though, I may have been distracted.
Prince Gallitzin – We ventured out here smack dab in the middle of September, and I wish I could have made a return for the Apple Cider Festival. It doesn’t matter. I’ll return any day. This place is beautiful!!! The way the trees let some sunlight on to the forest floor, the way the water creeps up on you at the terminus of one of many trails … I want to return here, because it seems most interesting, with much to offer.
The last week of September, I was a camp counselor at Outdoor School, which I may write a separate entry for.
Midway thru October, and I haven’t been able to get out to many more places, but I did have a couple of ventures into Rothrock State Forest – once to assist my roommate in finding a spot to hunt at, which was fun – and another to help a friend prepare for a run taking place over the Tussey Mountain itself. The 50 mile relay went well.
And, of course, I’ve been engaged in a hearty dose of schoolwork since the end of August, largely centered around a special event planning class, as well as other lectures. I am also in a Fly Fishing class, which is fantastic! I spent a day at Spruce Creek with Joe Humphreys. You’ll see an entry about this.
…Needless to say, the “Lazy July” attitude of the last entry has been completely vacant from the past couple of calendar sheets.
And, if anyone happens to be reading this that knows homeschooled families around central PA, here’s a flyer for the event we’re working with Bald Eagle State Park to facilitate next Wednesday, October 27 … my birthday, no less!
Cheers, for now.