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Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Ricketts Glen State Park, PA, 166.3 Miles, 166.3 Miles for the Trip

I left Oswego around 9:00AM & had a pleasant, non interstate drive to Ricketts Glen State Park. The Fall colors went from barely to peak along the way. I took a couple of photos along the road.

Some starting statistics - The RAV4 has 122,266 miles on the clock at the start of the trip. the trailer has been towed 69,001.5 miles, and I've slept in it for 701 days (well, actually nights) over the last 4 1/2 years.

I reached Ricketts Glen around 1:30, and settled into site 104. I chose it because it is one of the few in the park that has good sun. It is larger than I need, but since the park is empty except for 4 of us, I'm not keeping any larger RVs out.

After setting up I drove to the Rose parking lot & hiked down the waterfall trail. I usually hike to the bottom, then take photographs on the way back because stopping to shoot gives you a break from hiking up the stairs & hills. Because the weather was threatening rain, I decided to take my pictures on the way down. You get a better selection going up, and the straight haul back is a bit tough, but I got a few. I believe I'm a bit late for the best color. While there is a fair amount of green leaves still on some trees, many are bare & the ground is covered with dead ones. In any case, here are a few images (the first two along the way & the third Site 104):


If the weather holds, I'll hike the other side of the falls trail tomorrow. I won't be able to post these until Friday unless I drive out of the park to find a cell signal. While I do have one bar of AT&T, I can't use my phone to post.

Added Thursday AM - I drove down the hill to Red Rock where there is a very good 4G signal. Only a couple of miles from the campground, and in a valley, but good AT&T & fast Verizon4G LTE coverage.

Dinner was a grilled chicken patty & snap peas. I managed to just finish cooking the chicken before it started to rain...

Until tomorrow.

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