Waterfall at Leonard Harrison State Park / Grand Canyon
This past weekend I went on an adventure trip! I wanted to visit a few state parks, one of which is pictured above – Leonard Harrison State Park at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. I hiked down this steep, very steep, did I mention STEEP hillside to capture this photo. But it was worth the hike to capture this beauty. Although, I did almost die hiking back out of the gorge. Not really, but it was a touch climb back out.
Ricketts Glen State Park (one of the many waterfalls)
I also hiked at Ricketts Glen State Park. What an amazing place to visit. There are about 22 waterfalls there if you hike the entire trail. We hiked about 3 miles of the trail and still got to see about 18 waterfalls.
Water making its way along the trail at Ricketts Glen
I just liked this photo because it was looking back on the trail from where we had hiked. It was so beautiful at the park – I couldn’t possibly post all the photos I took here. These are a couple of my favorite.
I must confess something now . . . . I actually took the wrong lens to Rickett’s Glen. I took a different backpack to the park – one easier to hike with, packing snacks and drinks. I put my camera body in the backpack and totally forgot to pack my landscape lens. It was about an hour drive from my hotel to the park, plus I was meeting friends there so no possible way to drive back and get the lens. Of course I was kicking myself and yelling inside my head, calling myself bad words. But then I stopped. I could either continue being mad at myself or I could make do with what I had with me and enjoy the journey. I’m here to say I had a wonderful time and enjoyed myself on the hike with my friends. It’s an amazing place to visit with such beautiful waterfalls at every turn. The hike was classified as “most difficult” and it lived up to that classification. But, what a wonderful day out in nature!
As a side note, I would like to thank all the park rangers I came into contact with at both parks. One ranger had to handle a difficult situation but he & the other rangers that helped, handled it professionally and kept all of us safe. Thanks for all you do!
GET OUT and ENJOY nature! She’s a wonderful place!
~ melissa michelle