One of the themes of summer vacation in Pennsylvania was taking Chuck to all of the places of my youth, so after we dropped DJ and Adam off at the airport in State College, we headed to Black Moshannon State Park. When I was young we went to family picnics in Black Moshannon every summer, and it was always fun, except for the year when DJ and I stumbled into a swarm of bees while we were walking along the marsh. That was decidedly un-fun, although we did get to break open little bee sting capsules and apply them to our myriad stings.
We got to the park around 9 in the morning, before the Monday morning crowd shuffled in, and walked around a little bit before setting off on our hike.
We set off along the road toward the Bog Trail, taking advantage of the dramatic sky to get some fun pictures.
We passed some canoes along the way:
We saw a snake in the water:
And were attacked by a caterpillar:
On the Bog Boardwalk, Chuck interpreted the nature signs for us:
And we saw moss, lillies, and zillions of lilypads:
And then we walked back to the main park area through the woods, and we were attacked by zillions of flies, and also saw some mushrooms:
And then Chuck posed with the park sign: