Yesterday, Wednesday, September 24, we truly experienced “nature” from two distinct perspectives. We began our day in the majesty of natural beauty at Ricketts Glen State Park and completed our day witnessing a wide array of human nature at the annual Bloomsburg Fair – talk about two extremes!
Henry David Thoreau, my Transcendentalist, also said, “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” This rang so true for us as we ventured to Ricketts Glen State Park, over 13,000 acres of beauty 30 miles north of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. We hiked the Falls Trail, a very challenging loop of terrain filled with old growth timber and 21 named waterfalls, ranging from 11 feet to the 94-foot Ganoga Falls. Last year at this time we were hiking the Appalachian Trail in the state of Maryland, and Ricketts Glen, in spots, was just as difficult…just as beautiful!
Sometimes pictures speak louder than words and this is such a situation. We saw very few fellow hikers and just luxuriated in the silence, the natural ascents and descents, the covering of already-fallen leaves, the ages-old root systems, and upon approach, the forceful sound of falling water. If it’s possible to take too many pictures – we did – but each waterfall fall was more majestic and powerful than the last.
Completing our hike and truly feeling appreciative of our wonderful surroundings, we exhaled – or maybe we inhaled – and spent the late afternoon/early evening at the Bloomsburg Fair, an annual event that closes area schools and brings every element of humanity together to eat…and eat – along with sharing livestock of all kinds, enjoying concerts and contests, and trying one’s hand at carnival games and rides!
Please don’t tell my trainer but we virtually ate our way through the fair while taking in the people – such an event ranks up there with Walmart people-watching. I have never seen so many strollers, scooters and electric wheelchairs – and almost everyone held a food item in their hands as they walked! Being totally honest, Bill and I shared the following – pierogies, potato pancakes, funnel cake, and an apple dumpling with vanilla ice cream! I rationalize my food intake by emphasizing the word “share,” but at the end of the day, we ate a lot and enjoyed every bite – hey, we only go around once, and remember, we had hiked over 7 miles!
We couldn’t have had a better day, experiencing 2 entirely different aspects of “nature” – untouched natural beauty and human nature at its best!
Stay Calm and Travel On…