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A Pocono Mountains Weekend Part 2

We spent the weekend of May 5 through May 8 in the Pocono Mountains.  As I have much to share with you, I plan to upload several blog posts about our Pocono Mountains weekend getaway.  This is the second blog post about our weekend.  You may read the first blog post here.

Leaving Bushkill Falls we intended to return to Route 209 North but inadvertently stayed on Bushkill Falls Road, which we followed to Route 402 before making a u-turn to return to Route 209 North. Later we learned that we could have reached our next destination, Raymondskill Falls, via Route 402.

Back on Route 209 N, before reaching Raymondskill Falls, we detoured purposely up Brisco Mountain to the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC).  What caught our eye, as we approached PEEC was the sphere on top of the main education building.

_LG21149Pocono Environmental Education Center’s Main Education Building
What is that sphere on top of the building?
It is a skyPod.

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skyPod informative sign

_LG21151The skyPod is a 10′ diameter ball that goes through the roof of the PEEC building.

We had hoped to locate a picnic spot at the Pocono Environmental Education Center.  There is lots to see and do at PEEC; however, we didn’t see any picnic facilities.  Although there is much to do at PEEC, our stop turned out to be nothing more than a bathroom break.  Inside the main education building is the EcoZone Exploration and Discovery Room, which is open to the public for self-guided tours on specified weekend dates.  It wasn’t open, while we were there.  The EcoZone looked interesting in that it offered visitors the opportunity to explore places such as a beaver lodge, a bat cave, an eagle’s nest, a fossil pit, and more on a life-sized scale.  There are several hiking trails that vary in distance and difficulty located at the PEEC. The only one that interested us at the time, as we were chasing waterfalls, was a 3-mile loop trail to a waterfall (Tumbling Waters). The Center’s attendant said that the trail was moderately strenuous. We decided not to hike the Tumbling Waters Trail.  We did return to PEEC on Sunday, intending to hike the Two Ponds Trail.  This trail was described as an easy 1 hour (1.4 miles) hike, with the potential for seeing birds and wildlife along the trail.  It was raining, when we arrived at PEEC on Sunday, so we decided not to hike.

My next blog post will continue our Pocono Mountains weekend getaway and, yes, we finally arrive at Raymondskill Falls.

 

2 Responses to “A Pocono Mountains Weekend Part 2”

  1. Lorraina

    The Skypod is actually very pretty and quite unusual. Yay for beautiful artsy recycling! Who knew all that info about plastic bottles! Some of that is really horrific…..500 yrs to decompose! I feel a little better now having received a Soda Stream machine last Christmas. I am still reusing my one bottle and have said bye bye to all the bottles and cans I used to go through because of my pop habit.

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