Heading home from Pennsylvania

Heading home from Pennsylvania

May 6, 2012 – The endpoint for this trip had been the campground at Little Pine State Park in Pennsylvania. The campground has typical full service sites for campers, 5th wheelers, motorhomes, a selection of non-electric tent sites, a number of cabins and a couple of Mongolian-style Yurts. The spot where the campground is located was, in the early 1800’s, the site of the village English Mills which provided a place to live for loggers working in the area and supplying a couple of sawmills operated by John and James English who had arrived in the Pine River area in the late 1700’s. The small fenced cemetery of English Mills still occupies a small knoll near to one of the Yurts in the middle of the campground.


Charles Vonarx

Lilly Connor and John Connor

William Carson

To get here days earlier, we had stopped in Corning, NY where we visited the Rockwell Museum of Western Art and, later, we traveled to Wellsboro, PA where we visited the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania and The MUCK before heading further south along Hwy 414 which followed the Pine River and the Pine River Rail Trail. When we arrived at the campground, we set up our North Face Mountain 25 tent and then, using the Little Pine State Park as a home base, we had visited Woolrich PA and done a tourist-style drive-through the area and then, around the campground itself, we had walked the Lake Shore Trail and, later in the day, I had planted myself beside a fragrant bush on the side of the embankment of the Little Pine Creek dam photographing butterflies as they arrived for a bit of nectar. Now it was time for us to take a final look around the campground and head off toward home.

If possible, I try not to take the same route twice so off we went looking for a different road to travel. We headed south n 44 to an intersection with 973 and then traveled along 973 until we reached 15 had headed north. Part of 973 was well paved, a result of the road upgrading required to service the gas exploration and production in the area. The first section of the road was through forested land but it wasn’t long before our route opened out into rolling farm land.

This shallow valley showed two sides of the current activity of the area.  On the one side of the valley was a traditional dairy farm; on the other side of the valley there were a series of new homes; and at the top of a rise, a water retention pond required by the natural gas development was the last point on the newly paved 30 ton gvw road.  Soon after, the pavement returned to the older 10 ton gvw road that one might normally have expected in an agricultural area.

Although there are plenty of people in Pennsylvania who are happy about the economic benefits of all of the natural gas exploration and development taking place in the area, there are certainly others who are concerned about the potential adverse impact on the safety and capacity of the traditional food production activities as well as the impact that increased right-of-ways might have on both agricultural environments and the forested areas.

  It wasn’t long before we were back on multi-lane divided highway and heading north on #15.

 

Couldn’t pass up the opportunity  to photograph a fire hydrant in Elmira NY and before long we were stretching our legs on a trail at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY.

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Butterflies – Little Pine State Park, Pennsylvania

Butterflies – Little Pine State Park, Pennsylvania

Question Mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)May 5, 2012 – On our earlier walk along the Lake Shore Trail, I had seen plenty of butterflies but only a few had been kind enough to alight somewhere convenient to photograph them. I had seen a number of different species flitting about around the embankment of the Little Pine Dam so decided that that would be a good place to visit again. Continue reading

Camping at Pennsylvania’s Little Pine State Park

Camping at Pennsylvania’s Little Pine State Park (Location)

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May 5, 2012: We had arrived at Little Pine State Park early enough the day before to have time to set up our tent and then hop back in the car and drive down to Woolrich, PA where my wife wanted to take a look at what the Woolrich outlet store had to offer. While we were away from the campground, a really nasty storm moved up the valley with lots of thunder and lightning and lots of rain. Everyone we met in the morning wondered how we had weathered the storm. Since we had been in Woolrich, where the storm wasn’t too bad, all we could say was, “Sorry, missed it!” 🙂 Continue reading

Lake Shore Trail – Little Pine State Park, Pennsylvania

Lake Shore Trail – Little Pine State Park, Pennsylvania

The Lake Shore Trail begins at the top of the dam and then follows along the shoreline on the east side of the man-made lake that has formed behind the Little Pine Creek control dam. (Route). On the way up the road to the start of the trail we had been entertained by a number of Zebra Swallowtail butterflies.  There were a number of different varieties of butterflies visible among the native flowers growing among the rocks and soil of the dam embankment but enough of a breeze was blowing to keep the butterflies airborne when we were in the area. I would return later to spend more time photographing the butterflies.

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Woolrich, PA

Woolrich, PA

May 4, 2012: There are a few places in Pennsylvania where the community is named after the main employer.  One of them is Hershey PA famous for chocolate products.  Another is Woolrich PA famous for its woolen clothing. Given my choice of chocolate versus woolen clothing, I would normally choose chocolate so that is how my wife and I ended up at the outlet store in Woolrich PA :-). Continue reading

Wellsboro PA to Little Pine State Park

Wellsboro PA to Little Pine State Park


May 4, 2012 – After spending part of the morning walking the streets of Wellsboro PA with my camera, we headed out Route 660 to take a look at some of the areas along that route again and then headed back into town before heading south on Hwy 287. Our plan was to travel along stretches of the Pine Creek and camp overnight at Little Pine State Park. The weather was really cooperating and lush green leaves of the Mayflower plant dotted the margins of the forest and roadside openings.(Route)
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Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania (Location)
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The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon near Wellsboro, PA.

The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

Our visit to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon started in Corning, NY where we had stayed at the Radisson Hotel the night before. In our last post, we had followed Hwy. 15 south as far as Mansfield. For this segment we turned on to Hwy 6 and headed past the community of Wellsboro until we reached the Tioga County Visitor Center  (former Dexter Baptist Church) where we picked up more detailed information about the area.

At this point in the journey, it would have been hard to convince us that significant canyon was only a few miles away.

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On the Road Again – Corning, NY to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania

On the Road Again – Corning, NY to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania

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