This past weekend was the first weekend of Autumn, pretty much my fav as far as seasons go. My husband Chad, daughter Ella and I headed up to our cabin, as we try to do most weekends. Our cabin only sits on 2 acres but is surrounded by Tiadaghton State Forest with 214,000 acres and Sproul State Forest with over 305,000 acres. As you could imagine these two State Forests have hundreds of miles of trails, including the Black Forest Trail. Now, my daughter is only 3 so the BFT is not quite in her range yet, so we decided to take in the beautiful Fall morning with the Pitch Pine Trail, which is a 2.5 mile loop. Not too much for Ella and just enough for Chad and I to get our nature fix.
We enjoyed the start of the leaves changing in the mixed hardwood forest and the crisp Fall air. Ella loved trying to spy the chipmunks that ran through the dense thickets of Mountain Laurel, PA's state flower. About half way through the hike there was a vista that over looks Miller Run Natural Area, a beautiful spot for a rest, a drink from the 'ol Nalgene...or to throw stones as Ella loves to do.
The rest of the hike had much of the same type of forest and Ella and I were able to find many treasures to bring back for our nature wreath. Toward the end of the trail the forest opens up in to a shaded field, full of ferns, most of which were turning golden, no longer the lush green from the summer. Our pockets full of acorns, pine cones and leafs, and our bodies revived, we were ready for some lunch and to enjoy the rest of the day playing in our woods.