Today Tom, the dogs and I headed to the Pocono Mountains ("the Poconos") to see what they were all about. We chose, after looking on the web and talking to our friend Lisa, Camelback Ski Resort as our destination. The Poconos reside in Pennsylvania and the resort is only 45 mintues from our house. It amazes us how we are so close to so many amazing places.
Camelback is nothing like the resorts we are used to (Whistler, Park City, Vail) but it will do--especially since for the first time ever I had an itch to ski (well, snowboard). Living in WA my entire life AND the fact that I sold ski-wear while in college at a local sporting goods store didn't spark my interest to ski and it didn't bother me. I think what may have done it today was the fact that it was 41 degrees and 100% sunny! The snow here is dry as well, so if (when) I fall, I won't get soaked. Hopefully. After we drove around and checked out the area, we headed down to a Trailhead we had seen hoping to get in a short hike. WOW--are we ever happy we did that! The trailhead was part of the Appalachian Trail which after we got home we looked it up and this is what we found (courtesy of Wikepedia):
"The Appalachian Trail is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States, extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Katahdin in Maine. It is approximately 2,175 miles long. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions do traverse towns and roads, and cross rivers.
The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season.
Along the way, the trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. An extension, the International Appalachian Trail, continues north into Canada and to the end of the range, where it enters the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Appalachian Trail along with the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail form the Triple Crown of long distance hiking in the United States."
So we only hiked about an hour but I have made Tom promise that we go back next weekend assuming we have similar weather conditions. It is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I can't wait for summer when we can hike much more and play some in the creek.
Here are some pics:
some of the creek. check out those icicles--amazing
di at camelback tubing area
part of the trail
di and the dogs (look how posed they are!!)
tom & the dogs at the trail head