Friday, December 31, 2010

Winterlong

Spent the next few days after Christmas kicking back and chillin' up at the cabin in RB Winter State Park. These modern cabins in the Pennsylvania State Park system are available to anyone to rent and have to be one of the best bargains out there for the avid sportsman/nature geek. For $67/night we got a 4-bedroom log cabin with 1-1/2 baths, modern kitchen, dining room, fireplace, 2 porches, natural gas heat, and easy access to the Bald Eagle State Forest with it's miles of hiking and skiing trails. The best thing about the place and the worst thing about the place is the lack of TV.

The weather was cold, in the mid to upper 20's F, and the skies ranged from completely overcast to clear & sunny. There was very light snow cover on the ground, particularly right in the 14 Mile Narrows along PA 192 where the park is located.

This image was captured right from the front lawn of the cabin around 10pm. Looking east.

2-hour exposure
Canon 17-40mm L Series Lens
f11/ISO 100
Canon 40D body
Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod
Manfrotto 484RC2 ball & socket swivel head


I forgot to grab some shots of the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms but they were all very spacious, equally nice and clean. We brought our own firewood with us but there was also plenty of split wood already stacked on the back porch when we arrived.

View from the front lawn.

Snow cover in and around the park was sparse so we won't be busting any drifts on this trip.


The best hike was the one that ran up the valley right behind the cabin. RB Winter Park is the middle trailhead for the Mid-State Trail, one of Pennsylvania's premier hiking trails.

This section of the Mid-State Trail starts out from PA 192, following Rapid Run downstream or south after it leaves Halfway Lake.

After about 1/2 mile the trail turns southwest and ascends scenic Brush Hollow on an easy, protracted grade.

In about 2 miles of easy walking we'll reach the top of Brush Mountain. I've been working out a lot lately. A couple of more sessions and I'll be hot again.

One step........higher, higher.....

After reaching the top of Brush Mountain, the Mid-State Trail continues southwest along the ridge down to Stover Gap Road and then onto Hairy John's on PA 45, but since this was a loop hike I turned north on the West Boundary Trail which dropped straight over the side of the mountain on a steep slope of snow covered talus (I was too scared to stop and take any photos) before leveling off and crossing the headwaters of Rapid Run and bringing me back out to PA 192 about 1/2 mile from the cabin.

It's always nice to see something green in the middle of winter.

Rapid Run Natural Area

Ya know, some people say that winter can be the best time of them all, so don't neglect to get out there and enjoy some good old fashioned fresh air and healthy exercise in Penns Woods. And...........while we all collectively hold hands and march forward into that brand new day that is 2011, let's not forget to......

Think snow!

One love, people!