December 18th began with breakfast at Mama Janes Restaurant here in Warren. Bob ordered corned beef hash and eggs with breakfast potatoes, rye toast, coffee and orange juice. I ordered two eggs, 4 slices of bacon, wheat toast and breakfast potatoes with tea. I gave Bob two slices of bacon and left behind one slice of toast and some of my breakfast potatoes.
We planned to leave home mid morning, en route Weedville PA, but didn’t leave until noon. The weather forecast didn’t motivate us to leave earlier, as a winter weather advisory was in effect until 1:00 pm. Mixed precipitation was forecasted, with ice accumulations of a light glaze and snow and sleet accumulations of up to one inch. Here in Warren I believe all that fell had been rain. Looking at Wunderground at 11:45 am it showed rain between Warren and Weedville, with temperatures well above freezing. Rain did stay with us all afternoon and into the evening.
Our first stop was in Benezette at the Elk County Visitor Center.
We went inside the Visitor Center and looked at the exhibits. The elk outside was not the only exhibit ready for Christmas.
There was a nicely decorated Christmas tree at the Visitor Center too.
We even took a couple close-up pictures of the exhibits.
We looked around the Visitor Center gift shop but didn’t buy anything. It was raining, so we didn’t walk any of the trails.
Our second stop was on Utz Hollow Road at Ruffo Flats, where we saw at least 2 dozen elk in a field. We reached Utz Hollow Road by turning left off of Winslow Road. Utz Hollow Road is the first right turn just past the Benezette Store. This was our first time stopping at this viewing area. There were two bull elk in the group.
Our third stop was at Family Dollar in Weedville. We picked up water and snacks.
Around 3:15 pm we checked into our Airbnb “Creekside Cabin” in Weedville. Our home away from home for two nights was a trailer with three bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, living room and bathroom. A creek, Kersey Run, flows close to the trailer. There is a covered porch with table and chairs. We were pleased to find that our hosts had decorated for Christmas.
Our Airbnb has more Christmas decorations than we have at home. Oh, and that TV stand fireplace…I want one! The fireplace adds ambiance to an already cozy home.
We ate dinner at our Airbnb. I prepared a ham steak, fried potatoes and onions, green beans and apple sauce — all brought from home.
We had hoped to see elk before sunset at our Airbnb. The elk didn’t show.