This fall is a new season for me and a good time to make new memories so on the weekends we hop into my truck and head out on a new adventure. This particular week we headed northeast to the south side of what is known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon/Pine Creek Gorge. Rails to trails runs through there as well as many hiking trails, ATV trails and Hyner View. Hyner view has been on my radar for some time now so I was thrilled when we learned that it was close by. And as you can see from the photos above, it was beautiful. Even though I've seen it many times in photos, it took my breath away and I stood speechless for nearly half an hour as I pictured the finger of God moving through the mountains creating the valleys and mountain ranges that seemed to go on forever and forever.
While there some hang gliders showed up and wowed us as they fearlessly jumped off the mountain and then soared above us for several minutes before landing in a field down below.
We grew hungry and passed through a small town having an apple butter festival, complete with homemade apple butter cooking over a wood fire and a gun raffle. We stopped and grabbed a beef sandwich, some oh-my-they-grow-good-chickens-and-corn-around-here soup and a homemade apple dumpling that almost rivaled my mother's recipe...almost!
While there, some people approached me, sure that they knew me and I had to tell them my theory of this strange phenomonen that happens literally EVERYWHERE I go. People think they know me. All I can figure is that I'm one of God's common molds. He made one and said "Hmmmm, that's good. I think I'll make a ton more just like it!" At least I hope that is what He said when he created a million people who look just like me! I find it rather puzzling since I am so tall and my hair is...well, let's face it...pretty hard to miss. My reason for adding this will become obvious as I write about other adventures.
As the day leaned into dusk, we grabbed hands and strolled down the rails to trails path, watching the deer and the water. By the time our walk was complete, the sun was setting behind the mountain and night was setting in. After all the hiking and excitement, we were hungry so we stopped at a quaint little inn that had out of this world food choices and enjoyed a quiet dinner before heading home. And just in case you're wondering from the photo, we did not indulge in the alcoholic choices on the menu.
My soul was happy and my heart was full of all the heart snapshots from the day. I will cherish them always.