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Cabin Fever Relief

Saturday was a perfect day to relieve cabin fever. The day started out frigid (-17 degrees at 5:00 am). The sun was shining; the sky was bright blue; and the temperature had risen to almost 0 degrees when we departed Warren at 8:42 am en route Wellsboro, PA. Our plan for the day was to visit two state parks, Colton Point State Park on the west rim of Pine Creek Gorge and Leonard Harrison State Park on the east rim of Pine Creek Gorge, eat lunch in Wellsboro and then go back home.

We reached Ansonia at 11:12 am. As we approached the road to Colton Point State Park, we noticed a lot of parked trucks. We realized very quickly that snowmobiles had been transported to this site by the trucks. Pennsylvania DCNR officers were stationed at the foot of Colton Road to check that the snowmobiles were properly registered before allowing them to proceed into the park. I asked the DCNR officer if the road was open. He said that we could go but to be careful because there was lots of snowmobile traffic. Also he recommended not going past the first overlook, into the park, as it was likely we would get stuck. I asked if it would be better if we went to Leonard Harrison State Park. He said “definitely”. We decided to visit only the east rim of Pine Creek Gorge at Leonard Harrison State Park.

Leonard Harrison State Park, although accessible, is not maintained in the winter. The road to the park was plowed, and there was very little snow on the roadway.  At the park the visitor center, gift store and rest rooms were closed.  I was thankful to find a porta john in the parking lot. We were able to make it to the overlook, although the steps were not cleared of snow. We were rewarded with a breathtaking view of Pine Creek Gorge.

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20150228_164248284_iOS 4x6Bob and I at Leonard Harrison State Park

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There are steps underneath all that snow!

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One last look at Pine Creek Gorge

From Leonard Harrison State Park we drove into Wellsboro. We parked next to The Wellsboro Green. There were lots of people there, especially children. I walked into the park, where three adults stood next to a sign that read “snow mini golf”.   I learned that today was Wellsboro’s Winter Celebration. Winter activities for the family, such as snow mini golf and snow crafts, were being held at The Wellsboro Green. I learned, too, that other activities, e.g. Ice sculpturing, wood carving and chili tasting, were taking place down Main Street. During the conversation with the snow mini golf organizers, I asked if they could recommend a family-style restaurant.  They recommended Harland’s Family Style Restaurant, located a short distance from The Green.

Lunch at Harland’s was okay. Bob ordered a chef salad. I ordered a crunchy chicken salad. Our salads were fresh and tasted good. Service was very slow, owing to the fact I believe that there were only two waitresses covering 20 or so tables. One of those tables had seven diners. I doubt we go back to this restaurant, as we found nothing remarkable about it.

We didn’t check out the Winter Celebration activities, as we had a couple hour drive back home and didn’t intend to be away from home all day.  We started our drive back home around 1:30 pm.

Cabin fever relief was obtained, at least temporarily.  More snow fell on Sunday, adding to the deep piles of snow already on the ground.  I did see the temperature rise into the mid-30s on Sunday.  This is a good start to March.  The month of February was one of the coldest on record!

7 Responses to “Cabin Fever Relief”

  1. this abundant life

    That part of the state is beautiful. Strange to see such cold in pictures since our weather has turned very spring-like. Stay warm and let’s hope for a warmer March!

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  2. Eileen

    Hello Linda, looks like a great outing.. The scenery is gorgeous. I hope the weather warms up soon.. It is so cold.. Have a great day!

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  3. Les

    Even though I have never been to some of those Parks, I have been to Wellsboro years ago when I used to hunt. Belonged to a Hunting Cabin not far from the Town. Those photo’s of the Parks are very nice, but it was so cold for you guy’s. During the Fall I’ll bet it’s just as pretty. Stay warm up there. I’m trying to.

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  4. DeniseinVA

    Gorgeous scenery Linda, your photographs are magical! Always great to see you and Bob in them too. Love your hat 🙂

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  5. Betsy Adams

    Gorgeous outing, Linda… YES—we all get cabin fever at times like this. We got more ice/sleet/snow last night –but luckily, we still have power and there is no damage this time.. BUT–it’s slick as glass out there, so we will stay home today…. Fun Fun….

    Love your snowy pictures –and you all look SO cold.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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