Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall Getaway

I had Columbus Day off work, so I took the family up to Camp for a one-night getaway. We got to see a black bear and a flock of turkeys on the way into camp. We arrived in time to have a campfire and roast some marshmallows. The night was unbelievably clear. I've never seen such a starlit sky. Around 10 pm the Hoot Owls put on quite a concert - one like I've never heard before. We awoke to a temperature of 40 degrees. The sleeping bags felt great, but it was hard to crawl out of them. After a breakfast of pancakes, we had time for a walk and then a bike ride on the Pine Creek Trail. The drive home proved to be interesting as we encountered thunderstorms, hail the size of quarters, and then a beautiful rainbow. There's nothing like Fall in the mountains of Northern PA. The leaves around camp were past their peak. However, around the Steam Valley area they were absolutely gorgeous. As always, it was great to get back to camp...even for just a day. I hope to make one more trip to clean up some leaves before hunting season. On the way down the mountain, we saw a flock of turkeys. There seem to be a lot of them around this fall. We snapped this picture of the last few to cross the road.