Back on the Road Again - PA Grand Canyon

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Stony Fork Creek Campground

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Saturday, August 27th 

Due to Hurricane Irene we decided to change our plans from heading to Boston, MA today and instead head north in PA to try to avoid the hurricane. We headed out from the Bookhamer's house 10am with (Mom and Dad Bookhamer) Jim and Sharon following us in their car. On our way out of Huntingdon we decided to stop at an RV store to pick up some light covers we need and at a Jo-ann Fabrics in State College to fix a spot of vinyl in the RV. Then we continued on our way to the Stony Fork Campground. We picked this campground because it is close to the PA Grand Canyon and we figured we could spend some time hiking in the Canyon tomorrow. 

The campground is close to Wellsboro, PA so we decided to drive in for a little bit before dinner. It was a cute little town with some shops for us to check out. We also did a walking tour of Wellsboro from a brochure Jared picked up at the information center. My favorite part came from of the walking tour was the "Lincoln Door House."  The front door of the house was a gift from Abraham Lincoln to Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Shearer when they bought the house in 1858.  Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Shearer were close friends in Springfield, Illinois and the door came from a building there. It was cool to see that the door is still in place and it would be neat to be the family that lived in that house. There were a bunch of other cool huge houses around and we spent a long time checking them out. 

After we finished up in Wellsboro we headed back to the campground to grill up some venision loins and fry up some soft shell crabs. Jared and Jim were the only ones to eat the crabs. The both liked them.  When we finished up dinner we roasted some marshmallows over the fire until it started to rain. That moved us under the awning for a game of phase 10 dice. The rain started really picking up and coming in the sides under the awning so we decided to move the end of the game inside. After we finished up we headed to bed.

Sunday, August 28th  

It rained hard all night long and we woke up to find out that Irene headed more inland than originally expected. We ended up getting caught in a lot of rain and wind, but the rain slowed down by lunch time to just a light drizzle. We decided to brave the weather and head out to the PA Grand Canyon.  We took our raincoats with us, but actually ended up not getting caught in any rain at all. It was still pretty windy though, but we had a great time anyway. We decided to see the Grand Canyon from the Leonard Harrison State Park.

We decided to do the Turkey Path trail, which is a 2 miles round trip and is a difficult trail.  It descends one mile to the bottom of the Pine Creek Gorge.  It was definitely pretty steep in areas, but we enjoyed the good workout.  There were some great waterfalls along the trail. It was pretty easy to get to the bottom, but a good workout to get back up to the top. We were able to take Nash with us too so that was a nice little bonus for him. He loved hiking down and back up. 

After we finished up with the Turkey Path we checked out the store and then hiked the Overlook Trail. The Overlook Trail is only .6 miles, but does have some steep hills to hike down and back up. It is a loop trail that takes you out to the Otter View, a vista looking south down the canyon.  Jared lied to all of us and told us that it was just a rim trail and was very flat and even. He was definitely mistaken and Sharon was not happy about. But we all pushed through and had a great workout for the day. 

When we finished up at the Grand Canyon we headed in to Wellsboro to pick up some stuff from the grocery store and then home to cook some homemade spinach ravioli that Sharon picked up at the Huntingdon farmer’s market. It was delicious.  When we finished dinner we were exhausted and just read our books before heading to bed.
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aunt sue on

Glad to see you are posting again- Nash looks skinny

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