Wintry weather hitting the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions through spring’s arrival sure has made me long for warm, sunny days. At the start of April, forecasts have continued to be dicey; rain and snow symbols showing up on one app for the week ahead. It was a bummer to see that, along with somewhat chilly temperatures on days of short outings to hike in nearby parks.
However much snow falls this weekend and how long it takes to melt away, I’m reminded of an outdoor excursion during high school. I went winter camping at Ricketts Glen State Park with a group of friends, as well as several teachers who led our adventure club. It’s hard to believe now that I had signed up for sleeping in a tent during cold weather, since I’m just not a winter person. Yet I did so because I had this sense of trying outdoor adventures that were new to me. That led to a lot of great memories such as rock climbing, whitewater rafting, caving; all of which remain unique because I haven’t done them since. I would love to do those again or in the spirit of taking on more new challenges, opting for different outdoorsy activities. Once, I wanted to go on a snowshoeing trip offered through my undergraduate college. However, the weather turned too much for the worse and the outing was cancelled. So, despite having winter blues, I still have to try snowshoeing and it might just add some positive vibes for the season by doing something that’s out of my comfort zone. I’d also love to take a frozen waterfall hike on a long overdue return trip to Ricketts Glen.
Although I’ve visited both parks to take in Pennsylvania nature, the particular trails I’ll soon be hiking are new to me. Just like my experiences in the natural world as a teen. From what I’ve seen of other visitors’ photos, there are old ruins along the way and such mysterious structures always inspire my curiosity.
This lone wall is easy to spot while driving through Ridley Creek State Park, standing a short distance from the road. I captured the image from the passenger seat; going through the park, there aren’t shoulders to walk on along the roadside. However, bicyclists also take to pedaling their way around the natural surroundings as cars safely pass them.
I’m also hoping to join a group that goes on regular hikes in my area, as well as through parks where I’ve yet to tread. No matter which park, it’ll be great to explore local nature more than I have in the past. Warm weather has been slow to arrive; too slow. Yet as this month continues and temperatures climb, it’ll brighten anyone’s mood to enjoy the outdoors.
Stay tuned for a follow-up post, as the first of my two hikes is only a couple of days away and I’ll also take photos of the park afterward.