Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Finally a Full Sun Day!

We watched the 7:00 news and enjoyed an omelette breakfast with delicious fresh fruit - the pears are so tasty!  We cleaned up and packed our lunches and snacks for today's adventure!

It was 32 degrees this morning but we saw this strange circle in the sky - the sun! Hadn't seen that for almost a week!  We were excited to drive about an hour to Promised Land State Park, but we decided to wait until about 10:30 to leave so it could warm up a bit!  Ken did some reading and I made a few more sea glass pictures.  

We really love our campsite!

We were on our way NW by 10:30 and really enjoyed the drive on a winding road through a lot of the Delaware State Park.  When we arrived at Promised Land SP our 1st stop was the Visitor Center.  We got a great map of the area and a list of the hiking trails and there were many!  The lady at the center told us some of the most scenic trails and off we went.  We drove to the Conservation Island Trail and what a gorgeous one it was.  The trail was very rocky and had lots of roots along the way, but it followed along the Promised Land Lake and the reflection of the trees in the water was breathtaking.  It was a little over a mile and we made many stops along the way to get pictures and just enjoy the views!

Hope you enjoy these photos of the foliage along
Promised Land Lake!  It was beautiful!

The beginning of a baby hemlock or could it be a pine????

This was along a wider section of the trail.  Most of it was
very narrow!

The reflections in the water were amazing!

I want to come back in the spring when the rhodadendram
and mountain laurel are blooming.  I think it would
be gorgeous!  

You had to go over this stone bridge to get on the trail!

From there we drove to Pickernel Point, stopping along the road so Ken could take some additional photos of the foliage along the lake!  We drove through  the camping area and ate our lunch on one of the picnic tables overlooking the lake.  It was still a bit chilly, but the sun felt wonderful!

Definitely looks like a mirror image!

That is the bridge that we went over to get on the trail!

What a great view for eating our lunch!

After looking at the map and trails, we decided to drive to the Little Falls Trail which was listed as another scenic one.  Again, it was only about a mile loop trail, but it was beautiful.  No big waterfalls, but plenty of Little ones, hence the name.  We were the only people on the trail and it was so peaceful, relaxing, and quiet!

I am walking towards the light!

The hillside was covered with beautiful ferns!

A babbling stream!

This waterfall area was so peaceful and serene!

This was the 1/2 way point of the trail - a bridge, waterfall,
and a bench to rest!

It was 3:15 when we returned to the car, so we chose to drive around the park via the loop around the lake and again, it was a beautiful drive.

Ken had to stop and take just a few more pictures on our
drive around the lake!

Again, the reflections are breathtaking!

We stopped to drive down a narrow dirt type trail to the rustic Whitaker cabin, which you can rent.  Wow, it was rustic but so well maintained and the setting was incredible.  It certainly would be a quiet and deserted area to stay!

So great to see a building so well maintained in a State Park!

We got back to the CG about 5 and by 6:30 we were eating grilled salmon and steak and of course, a salad!  Ken had a nice long chat with Ernie and I talked to my mother.  I also left a message for Jamie! 

Ken and I played 3 rounds of Hand and Foot - he won the game we finished and with 2 rounds to go we are within 300 points of each other!  We went through the photos Ken had taken today while watching The Voice!  I worked on the blog and Ken did a post on Facebook and a few e-mails.

This was a Celebrate Life Day!  Tomorrow we are leaving a little before 8 AM to drive to Jim Thorpe and take the shuttle with our bikes to White Haven, near the top of the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail and ride the 25 miles back to town.  It should be a beautiful ride along the Lehigh River.

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