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Showing posts with label Rocks State Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rocks State Park. Show all posts

Sunday, December 27, 2020

BACKTRACKING 2020, Part Two -- FOOT TRAFFIC

 Social distancing was introduced into the mainstream vocabulary over  the past ten months...but concept has been actively pursued and enjoyed by people who love to hike for as long as there have been trails to explore.  In 2020, my hiking boots traversed more trail than in any other year...just about 200 miles in total.  Those hiking miles due, in one part, to a pandemic and the want (and need) to be out in nature and, in another part, a personal goal that I had set for myself.   According to my Garmin stats, I have (up to this point in 2020) logged 40 hiking activities.  Math isn't my strong point...but that averages about 5 miles per hike. I'm pretty proud of that.  Looking back on the past year...I'm also pretty proud of these ten particular hikes.  Thank you to my friends and family who accompanied me on these adventures.  I hope that we continue to make some foot traffic together in the new year.  Enjoy.


FAMILY AND FRIENDS HIKE IN MICHAUX -- MARCH 14, 2020

Just prior to our state-wide Covid-19 quarantine the Raymond's (Alex, Robin, and I) enjoyed a family and friends hike in Michaux State Forest with the Graham family, Alex's girl friend, Emma, and our step-daughter, Blythe, and granddaughter, Freya.  On this particular adventure we headed South on the Appalachian Trail and then circled back on Tom's Run Trail.

Mike Graham, David Raymond, and Alex Raymond -- March 14, 2020

Kelly Graham, Robin Raymond, Mike Graham, Emma Sadowski, David Raymond, and Alex Raymond on the Appalachian Trail near Halfway Spring. -- March 14, 2020

Emma Sadowski, Alex Raymond, David Raymond, Robin Raymond, Kelly Graham, Mike Graham, Blythe Arnold-Scott, and Freya. -- March 14, 2020


BELLAIRE WOODS -- MARCH 7, 2020

In early March, Robin located a new place for us to explore.  In the weeks before we had any idea that the world would be altered due to a global pandemic, we traveled across the river to Lancaster County for a nice brunch in Elizabeth town and then a hike in Lancaster County's Bellaire Woods Nature Preserve.  What we found was about 3 miles of pristine and visually stimulating trail.

Bellaire Woods Nature Preserve -- March 7, 2020

Enjoying Bellaire Woods with Robin --  March 7, 2020

Robin and David Raymond // Bellaire Woods Nature Preserve -- March 7, 2020


CHICKIES ROCK -- JULY 2, 2020

One of the highlights of every summer is the week that my nieces and nephew come visit. I try to find something, every day, for us to do.  On this particular day we spend some time exploring Chickies Rock in Columbia, PA.  The short, kid friendly hike provided a great view of the Susquehanna River...while satisfying Jackie, Shalice, Sophie, and Isaac's desire for a "big kid" adventure.

Sophie, Isaac, Jackie, and David Raymond and Shalice Gull. -- July 2,  2020

David Raymond on Chickies Rock -- July 2, 2020


ROCKS STATE PARK -- AUGUST 9, 2020

Rocks State Park in Maryland is place that I don't visit nearly enough.  The King and Queen Seat, a huge rock outcropping that hovers nearly 200 feet above Deer Creek, is the centerpiece of the park. The view from the edge is breathtakingly spectacular.  Back in August, Robin and I made our first trip to Rocks since 2014.  The three mile loop was fun and rewarding.

Taking in the view from the King and Queen Seat in Rocks State Park. -- August 9, 2020

Robin and David Raymond // Rocks State Park -- August 9, 2020

The King and Queen can have their seats...I'll claim this one.  Rocks State Park. -- August 9, 2020


POLE STEEPLE -- JULY 1, 2020

Pole Steeple trail in Michaux State Forest is one of more popular destinations for hikers of all ages who want an Instagram worthy view of the mountain ranges making up south-central Pennsylvania.  The trail, which is incredibly well marked, climbs 600 feet in three quarters of mile.  On the journey up, hikers can choose a "moderate" trail or a steep trail.  What the hike lacks in distance it makes up for with shear beauty.  I had a great time escorting my nieces, Jackie and Sophie...and my nephew, Isaac...to the vista at the top.

Sophie and Jackie Raymond relaxing at the top of Pole Steeple. -- July 1, 2020

Isaac opting for the "steep" option to the top of Pole Steeple. -- July 1, 2020

Isaac and Sophie Raymond pausing for a break just before our final climb to the top of Pole Steeple. -- July 1, 2020

Sophie took this picture of me on top of Pole Steeple. -- July 1, 2020

Wrapping up our hike up Pole Steeple with a State Park picnic/tailgating cookout at the trail head. -- July 1, 2020



MICHAUX WITH ROBIN AND ALEX -- MAY 23, 2020

With our Memorial Day weekend plans scuttled because of Covid...with lunches packed, Alex, Robin, and I headed to Michaux for a family hike.  We hiked a combination of the Appalachian, Dead Woman's Hollow, and Blueberry Trails.  The three of us enjoyed our lunch from the vista at the top of Blueberry Trail.

Alex, David, and Robin Raymond.  Blueberry Trail. -- May 23, 2020

Robin and David Raymond. -- May 23, 2020

Eating lunch on Blueberry Trail.  Alex, David, and Robin Raymond. -- May 23, 2020

Near the halfway point on the Appalachian Trail, a hike will encounter the Covid Bear memorial. -- May 23, 2020 


CAMP MICHAUX AND SUNSET ROCKS -- MARCH 26, 2020

With school closed down during the first week of the 2020 Pandemic, Mike Graham, Eric Gimbi, Alex and I made our way to Michaux for an incredibly nerdy hike on the Appalachian Trail and through Camp Michaux...a former CCC Camp and WWII Prisoner of War facility.  

Mike Graham, David Raymond, Alex Raymond, and Eric Gimbi. -- March 26, 2020

Mike Graham and David Raymond posing for a socially distant pic on Sunset Rocks in Michaux State Forest. -- March 26, 2020

Dave Raymond and Eric Gimbi checking out Tom's Run in Michaux State Forest. -- March 26, 2020

Eric Gimbi navigating the trail. -- March 26, 2020

At one point, Eric, Mike, and I found ourselves literally standing in a shit-hole (the remains of the septic area that makes up Camp Michaux. -- March 26, 2020

Alex and Eric checking out the remains of a swimming pool in Camp Michaux. -- March 26, 2020

Eating lunch on the remains of a dining hall which was, at one times, occupied by German POWs. -- March 26, 2020

Dave Raymond, Mike Graham, and Eric Gimbi using the facilities of a WWII era latrine. -- March 26, 2020


OHIOPYLE STATE PARK -- JUNE 17

Our annual week-long trip to Ohiopyle is always one of the highlights of the year.  This year, during our trip Alex, Jackie, Devin, Mike G, and I took a fun and challenging 6 mile hike through the gorges and past the many waterfalls  that make up the landscapes of Ohiopyle State Park.

David Raymond, Alex Raymond, Devin Seiger, Mike Graham, and Jackie Raymond -- June 17, 2020

Jonathan Run waterfall. -- June 17, 2020

Dave Raymond at Jonathan Run falls in Ohiopyle State Park. -- June 17, 2020

Jackie, Alex, and Mike climbing out of the Jonathan Run falls area. -- June 17, 2020

Mike Graham enjoying the peaceful setting near Jonathan Run falls. --June 17, 2020

A great pic of the entire group. Alex, David, Devin, Jackie, and Mike. -- June 17, 2020

A bad-ass pic of me, Devin, Alex, and Jackie -- June 17, 2020

Mike Graham and Dave Raymond doing what teachers do during summer vacation. -- June 17, 2020


APPALACHIAN TRAIL WITH ALEX AND DEVIN -- MARCH 19, 2020

My longest hike of 2020 was an eight mile hike on a stretch of the Appalachian Trail and Sunset Rocks Trail.  Alex and Devin were along for this fun afternoon in Michaux State Forest.  

Taking in the surrounding beauty on Sunset Rocks Trail -- March 19, 2020

Hiking on the AT. -- March 19, 2020

Devin Seiger, Alex Raymond, and David Raymond. -- March 19, 2020


RICKETTS GLEN WITH ROBIN -- OCTOBER 17, 2020

If you are looking for a waterfall bucket list hike...look no further than Ricketts Glen State Park.  Robin and I have been wanting to hike this trail for a long time now.  We had our opportunity while on a late October camping trip to Ricketts Glen.  The nearly 6 mile hike through the Glen Natural Area (a National Natural Landmark) is highlighted by 22 separate waterfalls.  The peak Fall foliage made this hike even more spectacular.

Pausing for lunch with Robin along the trail in Ricketts Glen. -- October 17, 2020

Ricketts Glen State Park. -- October 17, 2020

Ricketts Glen State Park -- October 17, 2020

Ricketts Glen State Park -- October 17, 2020

David and Robin Raymond in Ricketts Glen State Park. -- October 17, 2020


Life is a journey...not a destination.



David A. Raymond -- December 27, 2020



Nothing like a post-hike cookout!  Following our hike to the top of Pole Steeple I provided a tailgate style cookout for my nieces and nephew.  -- July 1, 2020

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FAMILY AND FRIENDS HIKE IN MICHAUX -- MARCH 14, 2020

BELLAIRE WOODS -- MARCH 7, 2020

CHICKIES ROCK -- JULY 2, 2020

ROCKS STATE PARK -- AUGUST 9, 2020

POLE STEEPLE -- JULY 1, 2020

RICKETTS GLEN WITH ROBIN -- OCTOBER 17, 2020


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

ADVICE FROM A MOUNTAIN

My son was nine years old the first time I took him hiking.  Mark Lentz led us up Tumbling Run in Michaux State Forest.  I wasn't just hooked...Alex was too.  That hike has...over the years...become Alex's favorite.  Why wouldn't it be?  That particular trail has all you could ask for:  waterfalls, obstacles, rocks, and a spectacular view at the top!  Over the past ten years, Alex and I have hiked many other places...but Tumbling Run is still his favorite.  Usually, as we did last week, we combine a hike up Tumbling Run with a second amazing hike up to the top of Pole Steeple.  This, along with a picnic at one of the numerous state parks in the area, makes for an adventurous day.  For me, the best part of the day isn't the hikes or the food.  What I look forward to the most is sharing the day and the experiences with my son.

Thank you to YOUR TRUE NATURE for the super cool bookmarks and magnets.  Your gift and your inspiration helps inspire me.

David and Alex Raymond on Pole Steeple vista.  Laurel Lake can be seen in the background. -- August 17, 2017
A few months ago, I wrote about an trip that Alex and I had taken to Ohiopyle State Park.  The title and the format of what I had written was inspired by a t-shirt I saw at the visitor center in the park.  YOUR TRUE NATURE, the creator of t-shirt, was kind enough to send me a few of their magnets and bookmarks after reading my post.  Their inspirational words on a bookmark entitled "ADVICE FROM A MOUNTAIN" inspired me to write this post for my son.  So, Alex, here is some ADVICE FROM A MOUNTAIN.  Enjoy!


THERE IS BEAUTY AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE

Beauty can come in so many different forms and is all around us.  You don't have to take a hike to appreciate the beauty of nature...but it doesn't hurt!

A winter view of Michaux State Forest from the top of Pole Steeple. -- December 31, 2016

The view that Alex and I (along with Robin, Mia, and Blythe) had as the sun began to set on the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon. -- January 20, 2014

The view from the top of Tumbing Run in Michaux State Forest. -- June 22, 2016

Alex on Pole Steeple vista. -- December 31, 2016



GET TO THE POINT

Most of the hikes you and I have taken had peaks with amazing views.  We had to "get to the point" in order to reach those spots.  In life it is important to get to the point if you want to reach any goal that you set for yourself.

Alex (age 11) climbing the rocks on top of Tumbling Run. -- October 17, 2010
Alex hiking the trails on South Mountain near Phoenix, Arizona. -- January 24, 2014

Alex exploring at Rocks State Park. -- May 18, 2014

Taking a breather on top of Tumbling Run. -- June 22, 2016

Ending the year on a high note...on top of Pole Steeple. -- December 31, 2016

REACH FOR NEW HEIGHTS


No matter what you do in life...don't ever be afraid to set your sights on new heights and goals.  It will challenge you, help to expand your horizon, and make you a well-rounded person.

Alex on his very first adventure climbing up Tumbling Run. -- March 8, 2009

The first steps towards Superstition Mountain in Lost Dutchman State Park. -- January 23, 2014

Hiking on South Mountain with the city of Phoenix, Arizona miles in the background. -- January 24, 2014

PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE

Don't be frustrated when things get in your way or when you feel somewhat lost.  These are learning experiences that will help you grow.  You'll learn that there is more than one way to the top.  Also, be aware of the people who are are on the trail with you.  Help them when they need it, carry them when you can, and allow yourself to be helped.  We are all stronger when we work together.

The trail along Tumbling Run. -- June 22, 2016

Tumbling Run in Michaux State Forest.  The trail was swallowed up by the swollen springs. -- June 22, 2016

Alex waiting for his dad in Lost Dutchman State Park. -- January 23, 2014

Alex keeping an eye on Emma as she makes one of the many creek crossings at Tumbling Run. -- June 22, 2016

THERE WILL BE PEAKS AND THERE WILL BE VALLEYS

Life is full of ups and downs.  Love the view from the top...but appreciate the strength gained from the climb out of the valley.

Hiking along the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon. -- January 20, 2014

Hiking in Superstition Wilderness. -- January 23, 2014

Hiking up the trail on South Mountain near Phoenix, Arizona. -- January 24, 2017

BE UPLIFTING

Mr. Lentz took time out of his busy life to share something beautiful with you.  Share what you know with others.

On his first hiking trip to Michaux, Alex was guided along the trail by Mark Lentz. -- March 8, 2009

Alex Raymond and Blaine Yinger checking out the view of the Susquehanna River from Chickies Rock. -- April 13, 2014

Alex (right) along with his friends, Robbie and Austin, on top  of Pole Steeple. -- August 5, 2015

Devin Seiger and Alex Raymond on Pole Steeple. -- August 17, 2017

Alex and Emma having fun on the rocks near the top of Tumbling Run. -- June 22, 2017

Alex getting a lift from step-mom, Robin, after a hike in Lost Dutchman State Park. -- January 23, 2014

RISE ABOVE IT ALL

Do all you can, everyday, to be the best you that you can possibly be.  That is all that anyone could ever possibly ask of you.  If you can do this...you will surely rise above it all.

David Raymond, Alex Raymond, and Devin Seiger on top of Tumbling Run.  -- August 17, 2017



Devin Seiger, Alex Raymond, and David Raymond on top of Pole Steeple. -- August 17, 2017



ENJOY THE VIEW!

No matter how busy you may think you are...or how hectic life is...be sure to take time and enjoy the things around you.  It is even more special if you can share the view with someone that you love.

David and Alex Raymond taking in the view of Michaux State Forest from the top of Tumbling Run. -- August 17, 2017

Thank you again, to YOUR TRUE NATURE, for the inspiration and the gifts.  
These eight sentences are great advice for anyone...but I thought them perfect as my wife and I sent Alex off to Point Park University in Pittsburgh this past week.  Tomorrow, Alex, you begin your first day of  college classes.  There will be many mountains to climb...some expected and some not.  Just be sure to make them even more enjoyable and memorable as the ones you've already conquered.  

Alex and David Raymond. -- June 22, 2017


Life is a journey...not a destination.




David A. Raymond -- August 27, 2017


Robin, David, and Alex Raymond.  Robin and I dropped Alex of at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week.  We are so proud of him. -- August 26, 2017


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