A Gift From Nature

| 8/12/2008 8:57:51 AM

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Tuscarora Falls

I’m standing at the landing with my camera in hand, reveling in the cool, refreshing mist as it hits my already damp skin. It was quite a hike to get to this point and, oh, so worth it. The cold, clear water tumbling over the cliff’s edge looks like an icy ribbon before it explodes onto the rocks below. The explosion has created this refreshing mist. I just stare at the waterLovely Waterfallfall in awe, and I feel lucky to have the chance to stand where I’m standing right now! I dream of falling asleep in this place. Surely it would offer the best night’s sleep I have ever experienced! This gift from God soothes and replenishes like no other elixir.

This waterfall is one of more than 20 my husband and I encountered on a day trip to Ricketts Glen State Park, located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. We were on the Falls Trail that day. Although the trail is relatively short (approximately 3 miles in length), it is classified as difficult because of the elevation changes and wet slippery rocks – the rewards are worth all the effort.

I have never experienced this many spectacular waterfalls so close together. We are planning another trip in the fall. I’m sure when the leaves start turning to all shades of red, orange and yellow, the resulting frame they create around these falls will be breathtaking!

Ricketts Glen State Park has many miles of additional trails. If you are ever in northeast Pennsylvania near Bloomsburg, I highly recommend this detour. Take a hike and you won’t be disappointed.

 Lori Dunn is a freelance photographer specializing in rural subjects and nature. Contact her at chickadeezl@yahoo.com.

cindy murphy
8/14/2008 5:58:34 PM

Lori, your photos are gorgeous. I can almost imagine the sounds of those spectacular waterfalls just looking at the pictures. And you can certainly see why the "sylvan" is in Pennsylvania. I lived in Pennsylvania for a couple of years - just on the outskirts of Philadelphia, and sadly I did not get out of the city often enough to experience very many places like this. I wish I had.

8/14/2008 6:48:13 AM

Lacy, I love to visit places like this and do a little hiking. You just never know what kind of great thing you will discover! Thank you for the compliments :^) Hank, my words still don't do this place justice. It is sooo beautiful! Thanks for the kind words! :^)

hank will_1
8/13/2008 8:29:00 PM

Lori -- This is a beautiful description of what must be a glorious place. Your photography is wonderful. Folks, in case you didn't know it, Lori's stunning sunflower photo graced the cover of the July/August issue of GRIT. Check it out here: http://www.grit.com/press-room/Photos/Covers.aspx

razor family farms
8/13/2008 10:49:17 AM

I love waterfalls! Some of my happiest childhood memories center around hiking to see a waterfall and feeling the gentle spray on sunburned shoulders... heaven. Loved reading this and your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! -Lacy Razor NEWS at Razor Family Farms (GRIT.com) RazorFamilyFarms.com

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