Last weekend we attended a family wedding in Connecticut, then headed home by way of the Endless Mountains in Pennsylvania. Our destination was Eagles Mere, a quaint little village that sprung up around the mountain-top Lake Lewis, now called Eagles Lake. A bit more history of the region can be found here. We arrived 10 minutes after 4:00--ten minutes too late to visit the Museum in the Visitor's Center. . . .
Yes, I know the clock shows 3:30, but it was running late, too. . . .
Crestmont Inn which was built in 1926 to house the staff of the much larger Inn built in 1900. . . .
here. It had deteriorated beyond repair so it was razed in 1981. This is what it looked like in its heyday. . . .
The Inn now has 15 rooms, some suites, with their own bathrooms. There had originally been 40 small rooms and two bathrooms in the building when it housed the staff. We chose one of the simple rooms since we did not plan to spend much time in it. I did not realize until we'd unpacked that it was not the room I'd requested. I'd asked for "The Woods" but we were put in "Warner's Den" which was just below on the 1st Floor. . . .
Rain was not predicted until 4:00 so we headed for Ricketts Glen State Park where we planned to go hiking to as many of the 22 waterfalls we could. We stopped in the Village to buy sandwiches for lunch and headed toward the park which was 45 minutes away. But the mist turned into drizzle so we decided to hunt down the couple shops along the route that were still open. I enjoyed browsing Katie's Country Store and the consignment barn out back where we bought a cute bench for Olivia. It was still drizzling rain when we got to the park so we drove on past the entrance to browse the Mountain View Barn where I bought bittersweet and homespun material and would have bought an antique Windsor rocking chair for $40 if I'd had a place for it in my house. . . .
This was the first waterfall "Mohawk". We met a young couple coming back from viewing it at the bottom of the rock steps that had no handrail and were extremely steep. I could envision myself having to climb up rather than step up, and since they were huffing and puffing and it was wet and slippery, I opted out of going any further and captured the falls from above. . . .
We decided to go back to the beginning of the path and take the "Easy Hike" trail over to the other waterfalls. We were able to see two more falls there--the Onondaga, which you saw in the slideshow, and the "F. L. Ricketts" which Ken took a video of using his underwater camera. . . .
It was only 3:15 when we got back to the car--much too early to head back to the Inn, so we decided to do some more exploring. As we drove past this sign we decided to stop and have a look. . . .
We came to the park's visitor center. . . .
Inside were several interesting displays. Do you know the difference between a Crow and a Raven. . . .
The Park attendant told us to be sure to visit the overlook despite the fog-covered tree tops. . . .
But we could see the stream that follows the road we'd come up on. . . .
Timothy Seaman's "Here on This Ridge". . . .
We crossed over Little Loyalsock Creek via the covered bridge into Forksville where we stopped to buy our supper to take back to the room as the dining room was closed that evening. . . .
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This is the red maple from the other side. . . .
Here is another article and a TV news piece on Eagles Mere. I can't wait to go back! We still need to do the hike around the lake and explore more of Worlds End State Park.
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