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We are known as PaWingers or just The Wingers by our Geocaching friends. When we found our first cache we had to come up with a name to log the find. We came up with this name simply because of residing in Pa. and because one of our many passions is cruising this beautiful country on our Honda Goldwing. Aside from geocaching we are passionate about most anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling and biking. We are blessed beyond words with a wonderful son and daughter in law. We're also blessed with some terriffic family and friends. We consider ourselves very fortunate due to the fact that after being married over 40 years we still enjoy these things together.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Rock Run Falls along the Bucktail Path

We are so blessed to be living in an area where nature surrounds us.  A person doesn't need to travel very far in any direction to witness pure natural beauty.  It may be a breathtaking vista, a silent meadow, an  awesome rock formations or a beautiful waterfalls but its all around us.  Today we decided to hike into Rock Run Falls and take advantage of a beautiful February day.  It had been ten years since we had hiked into this spot and we remember that day like it was yesterday.  On that particular day it was incredibly hot and when we arrived at the base of the falls the cool breeze coming off the waterfalls was very welcoming,  it was as if you had just stepped into an air conditioned room.  Today the temperatures were perfect for hiking.

If you are ever in the mood to take a nice hike and witness an awesome waterfalls this would be well worth your while.  This falls is located along the Bucktail Path and requires approximately a 5 mile round trip hike on a well blazed trail.  The hike into the falls is a moderate climb but the reward makes it quite worthwhile.  On the upside the return hike is a gentle downhill hike with 3 creek crossings that will challenge your ability to jump from rock to rock and still keep your feet dry.  If you want to spend a nice day in the woods with a reward at the midpoint of your hike this is the place to go.  Pack a lunch and make a day of it.  There's lots of places to pull up a stump and enjoy the natural beauty as you munch on a sandwich.  Better yet, throw on a backpack and hike the entire Bucktail Path. 

It's up, it's down, it's all around!

Does it get any better than this!  Early February and we're out hiking with no snow on the ground and fairly pleasant temperatures.  We just couldn't bare to waste a day like this so we grabbed the camera, the GPS's and the trekking poles and headed to our favorite stomping grounds.  Aside from enjoying all that nature offers, we also wanted to go after a series of geocaches hidden along a beautiful Quehanna Trail called the Mosquito Creek Trail.  This trail has a special meaning to us because we used to be the volunteer trail maintainers for this 5 mile stretch of trail.

So we won't bore you to death with all details of our caching adventure other than to say we found 19 caches and had a nice 6 mile hike in an absolutely beautiful area.  One thing that became very apparent to us is that we were wrapped in the arms of nature.  The beauty was indeed up, down and all around!  Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed our afternoon in the Quehanna Wild Area.

We caught these cows making their way across Bennetts Branch.

Pretty decent detail considering it was handheld and the time of day was about 4:30 PM, broad daylight.

Okay I have to admit, I really needed my tripod. They aren't too bad though for handholding a 100-400.
By the way, the tail is blue on this jet.

I thought this was a really gnarly cloud formation.

Like I said, it's up, it's down, it's all around!