Monday, July 9th, 2012
Weekend Wrap-Up #18
Wow, I’m tired. We spent the past weekend up in James Creek, Pennsylvania at Trough Creek State Park and Raystown Lake. I spent so many weekends here during my childhood, but this was my first weekend back since the summer of 2007. It was a little weird going back, the best way to describe it is what I told my Dad. It’s like when you live in a house for years, you move out, and then you go back to visit. You recognize it, and it’s familiar, but it just feels weird. This place is definitely not something that you can experience in a short weekend, you need at least a week to see everything that the State Park has to offer, but we still did a lot. We went swimming in the marina, went to the Ice Mine, the Balanced Rock & Rainbow Falls. I have to say though, that I was very disappointed in the way that they let things go. Since the State Park fund for Pennsylvania has been cut year after year, they don’t have the help they need to keep up with the place. I kept saying, that the rangers up there don’t get paid enough to care, and it shows. The place where we use to fish, by the dam, has been swallowed up by weeds and tall grasses, and the one trail you couldn’t even walk because there was so many trees down. My Dad was talking about going back up during Labor Day weekend, and volunteering to get the park back to what it use to be, and I agree.
Onto The Pictures…
Scrambled Eggs, Potatoes & SPAM with a little ketchup. Yum!
We went swimming for a few hours out at the Marina.
Do you see that raft in the background? I need one of those.
All of the boats down at the Marina.
Why am I always in the water by myself?
I guess that’s what happens when you’re a Pisces.
Since it was 100° out, we hit up Miss Mollie’s Ice cream stand after swimming.
I got twist in a cup, with rainbow sprinkles. :)
Once we came back to the campground and cooled off,
we headed out to Rainbow Falls, but there was barely any water coming down the falls.
You can’t see from this picture, but the falls actually goes up really far,
and you can climb to the top. The rocks have formed steps that just keep going to the top.
We also went to the balanced rock, which is probably my favorite thing besides the Marina.
I took this picture from the road, and as you can see there is a huge rock
sticking out of the side of the mountain. It’s perfectly balanced on the edge
of the cliff, and has been for thousands of years.
Here is a picture of the rock, zoomed in a bit.
We hiked the trail up to the balanced rock, which goes by the Rainbow Falls (pictured above)
and the suspended bridge, which I forgot to get pictures of.
But here is the rock from the top of the mountain:
This was the first time Travis has been here, and he though he could lift it…
Or push it down… it didn’t budge.
It was a great weekend. I can’t wait to go back again.