I met a blogging and Facebook friend for the first time yesterday morning. Eileen and I began reading and commenting on each other’s blog posts in December 2009. Eileen has three blogs, of which I read most often the blog entitled “Viewing nature with Eileen”. Eileen and I became Facebook friends in September 2010.
Eileen and her husband, Michael, live in Maryland. They are in Pennsylvania on vacation. Their vacation plans included visiting two Pennsylvania State Parks —Cook Forest State Park and Presque Isle State Park— and meeting me, if possible. Another Pennsylvania State Park was added to their itinerary, when Eileen and I made plans earlier this week to meet at Kinzua Bridge State Park.
I met Eileen and Michael at Kinzua Bridge State Park yesterday at 10:00 am. Kinzua Bridge State Park is located near Mt. Jewett, PA in McKean County. It is the home of the Kinzua Viaduct. The Viaduct, once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003. I drove to the park from my home in Warren, PA. Eileen and Michael drove to the park from Clarion (where they stayed while visiting Cook Forest State Park). While at the park we walked across the Kinzua Viaduct (now known as the Kinzua Bridge skywalk); we viewed the bridge and its ruins from three observation platforms; and we walked through the Visitor Center.
We walked down to the lower observation platform seen in the photograph displayed above.
On our way to the Picture Taking Platform under the skywalk, a colorful scene stopped me in my tracks.
I reciprocated the favor by taking a picture of the woman with her father.
Eileen and Michael told me that they visited Kinzua Bridge State Park, with their young son, many years ago. The park looks a lot different now, compared to when they first visited. Their first visit was several years before the tornado hit that knocked down the railroad bridge. A train still traveled across the railroad bridge on their first visit.
We departed each others company, after visiting Kinzua Bridge State Park. Eileen and Michael headed to Presque Isle State Park; I returned home.
I am glad that Eileen, Michael and I were able to get together, albeit for a short time. We enjoyed each others company and conversation, while taking in picturesque views.