Showing posts with label Superstition Wilderness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Superstition Wilderness. Show all posts

Sunday, August 27, 2017


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


No matter how busy you may think you are...or how hectic life 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

Here's the GARMIN maps and data from the hikes featured in this post...

Interested in hiking some of the trails featured in this post?  Check out the TRAIL MAPS and TRAIL HEADS tabs on the ALL TRAILS LEAD TO ICE CREAM website.   

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Friday, July 15, 2016

MY BEST FRIEND -- July 15, 2016

In less than a week I will be celebrating my third wedding anniversary.  Robin and I were married on July 21, 2013.  It was, up to this point, the best day of my life. She really does bring out the best in me.   Actually, she's my moral compass.  Robin's opened my world to a whole new spectrum of things:  Korean food (yeah, my favorite restaurant is Nam King in Baltimore, Maryland), movies that don't involve Rocky Balboa or Han Solo, traveling farther than Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Eminem (didn't see that one coming!)  She's taught me to explore more  things, try to see the best in everyone, about my feelings.  What have brought to her world?  Well...I guess more than anything...I think I've let her know that it's okay to be silly and completely let your guard down.  Sometimes I catch myself laughing out loud as she allows me to take pictures of her being completely silly.  She never would have done that six years ago.  

Getting silly with Robin in downtown York, PA -- 2014

When I met Robin I found someone who wanted to be with me because I'm me....and she wanted to participate in the things that I love to do.  To be completely honest, it shocked me when Robin first told me that she liked to go for hikes in the woods...I was in total disbelief when she told me that she liked to go tent camping...and I was super pumped that she was interested in going for bike rides with me.  The last three years of our marriage (six years if you count the time we were dating and engaged)...taking trips, hiking, exploring, camping, and bike riding with Robin...have been absolutely amazing.  

Parasailing in the Bahamas.  This was the firs time we traveled together -- October 28, 2010

This may have been the first time that Robin and I took a hike together.  We took a spring time walk through Rocky Ridge County Park -- April 11, 2011

Robin and I went camping on Memorial Day weekend of 2012 in Caledonia State Park.  It was so hot that weekend...but the hiking was super cool -- May 27, 2012

Robin and I took a hike to the top of Tumbling Run in Michaux State Forest.  It was there that I proposed to her -- June 24, 2012

We found out that state parks in Florida are very different than state parks in Pennsylvania on our hike in John D. MacArther State Park -- November 27, 2012

Out for a 4th of July bike ride with  Robin -- 2013

Exploring Parc National du Mont-Tremblant in Canada on our Honeymoon -- July 31, 2013

Yes!  I convinced her to do an alpine slide while at Mont-Tremblant -- July 31,  2013

Hiking Superstition Mountain and Lost Dutchman State Park in Arizona -- January 23, 2014

Hiking Evitt's Mountain in Rocky Gap State Park -- May 24, 2014

Camping and hiking in Ohiopyle State Park -- May 24, 2015

Traveling home from Bedford we made a slight detour to go hiking and exploring in Trough Creek State Park -- August 8, 2015

We began our New Year with a hike in Rocky Ridge County Park -- January 1, 2016

Camping in Rocky Gap State Park -- May 27, 2016
I didn't just marry my girlfriend....I didn't just marry my wife...I married my best friend.  Someone who loves me, brings out the best in me and wants to share a life with me.  It's the most amazing thing in the world.  Back when we were engaged we ran into a couple that were on their anniversary trip.  They had a tradition that, each year, they would take turns surprising the other with a destination for their trip.  We loved the idea and decided to do it ourselves.  This year it's my turn to surprise Robin.  We are leaving tomorrow morning for a destination unknown to my beautiful wife.*  I told her how long we would be gone and what the weather forecast is where we are going.   Tomorrow I get to go on another adventure with my best friend.

Life is a journey...not a destination.

David A. Raymond -- July 15, 2016

Road trip with my wife -- June 26, 2016

*July 25, 2016:
Robin and I had an amazing trip which included two nights in New Orleans, LA, a night in Chattanooga, TN, and four nights in Brevard, NC.  Here are some of the highlights of our trip!

Taking in the French Quarter in New Orleans -- July 17, 2016

Touring the site Chalmette Battlefield (the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans) -- July 18, 2016

Jackson Square in New Orleans -- July 18, 2016 

Robin and David Raymond in Jackson Square -- July 18, 2016

Robin and I found a fantastic restaurant in Chattanooga, TN...the 212 Market Restaurant -- July 19, 2016

We took time to explore a few places near Chattanooga.   One was Rock City.  A super cool place!  -- July 20, 2016

Robin & David Raymond at Rock City -- July 20, 2016

The passenger incline on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga gave a great view of the valley below -- July 20, 2016

Ruby Falls was absolutely amazing!  --  July 20, 2016

The town of Brevard, NC offered four days of relaxation -- July 21,  2016

Robin and I stayed at the Red House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Brevard, NC.   Thanks to Daniel and Tracie for making our anniversary stay so wonderful!  -- July 21, 2016

Robin  and I took a hike near the waterfalls in Dupont State Forest -- July 21, 2016

We took a break from relaxing to try zip lining for the first time!  -- July 22, 2016

The Blue Ridge Parkway provided great views!  -- July 21, 2016
Celebrating our anniversary at the Bouchon in Asheville, NC.  Love you, Sweetheart!  -- July 21, 2016