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Delaware Water Gap // October 2009

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PEEC Cabin 46

Well, we didn’t really camp, but we stayed in a cabin in The PEEC (Pocono Environmental Education Center). While not the nicest or most rustic cabin, it was warm …  it went down into the 30′s the night we stayed. The first cabin they gave us was covered in cobwebs and dirty but the one we ended up with was cleaner and warm.

PEEC is located between Bushkill Falls & Dingman’s Falls, 2 great falls trails, the former is the longer and more scenic of the two. At PEEC, there are also several great trails, and the one we hiked (Tumbling Waters Trail)  has a very pretty set of falls in it as well. The office building has a large education center, with several displays, and the evening we stayed, we were lucky enough to sit in on a presentation from the animal shelter.  They brought out some wild animals that were recovering from injuries, or could no longer fend for themselves in the wild. They also released, back to the wild, several owls that they nursed back from injuries.

We opted to purchase the breakfast – and at $6.50 per person, it was much better than we had expected.  Eggs, potatoes, sausage, cereals, yogurt and much more. The facility is new and very impressive.


Bushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls

Bushkill Falls

Tumbling Waters Trail

Tumbling Waters Trail

Tumbling Waters Trail / Pickeral Pond

Tumbling Waters Trail / Pickeral Pond

Dingman's Falls

Dingman's Falls

Dingman's Falls (Bridal Falls)

Dingman's Falls (Bridal Falls)

Ricketts Glen // June 2009

Our favorite PA campsite, maybe our favorite campsite, Ricketts Glen has the most spectacular 7 mile trail with 21 waterfalls.

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The rest of the park is just as beautiful with lush trails full of wildlife.

Turtle laying eggs

Turtle laying eggs

Snake

Snake

Field on Grandview Trail

Field on Grandview Trail

Grandview Trail

Grandview Trail

Little Pond / July, 2008

We decided to return to Little Pond after trying North South Lake the previous year. It wasn’t quite as good as we remembered but the highlight of the trip was a small, secluded pond that we found teaming with frogs and other wildlife. We spent 2 trips there catching frogs as well as some crayfish we found in the stream behind the tents. Continue reading Little Pond / July, 2008

North South Lake / August, 2007

Another park in the Catskill mountains, this one with great hiking with beautiful vistas. On this trip we had some pretty severe weather, with heavy rain and wind. We had one really rough night and woke to find one of our canopies had flown away in the night, but when the sun was out, there was some great hiking along the escarpment trails. There was also a great waterfall nearby where we heard tails that someone had fallen from the top just weeks before – the day after we returned we heard that another boy had fallen the day we left. Continue reading North South Lake / August, 2007

Little Pond / August, 2006

Little Pond is one of the many parks in the Catskill mountains in New York State. We have been there twice over the years, and while it is a beautiful park, the amenities and activities are a little limited. The pond is little and the hiking, while challenging, is mostly wooded, with no great vistas. Continue reading Little Pond / August, 2006

French Creek / June, 2005

French Creek is a small campground near Philadelphia. Though not as scenic as some sites in the Poconos, it offers a lot of activities, including fishing, boating, hiking and swimming (pool). Unlike many PA sites, it does offer mountain biking, and some very challenging hills. Continue reading French Creek / June, 2005

Must Have

Here’s a post that I will be editing continually, but will start with a few items that have either saved us from an awful experience, or makes our trips better in some way. Continue reading Must Have

Ricketts Glen / July, 2004

One of our bests, despite Gabriella’s trip to the hospital :) Continue reading Ricketts Glen / July, 2004