We went to the cabin for the weekend. It's becoming a recurring theme.
We stopped on the way up to hike the High Rock Trail at World's End State Park. The trail went straight up the mountain to the High Rock Vista & then straight back down again to this creek.
Because of the raging waters with all of the heavy rains & flooding, this wasn't a simple creek crossing. It was a raging mega-creek. We hiked upstream a little to find a narrower place to cross.
Then, despite all of our efforts to stay dry, it started to pour. We had originally planned to take a second loop that started where this loop ended, but decided to head to the cabin & get some lunch instead.
For Mommom's birthday, I offered to bake a cake. Unfortunately, she and Poppop had to cancel their trip up at the last minute, so she didn't get any. I'll have to make it again! I doubled the recipe for this Chocolate & Coconut Milk Cake since I like to have a layer cake for birthdays, but it would have been plenty of cake with just the single layer. No one was complaining about extra cake, though!
Mom & Dad gave me an early birthday present - a pillow top mattress cover! Our bed up at the cabin is pretty hard & the original mattress cover kept coming off. It was so nice so sleep on this instead!
We went for a few longer hikes on Saturday & Sunday to see more waterfalls & views.
I love being out in nature and seeing all the signs of life.
Leaves changing color
Deer running across the path
Blue skies with drifting clouds
Trees blowing in the wind
Birds flitting around
Chipmunks scurrying through the underbrush
There's something so calming and peaceful about it all.
The Bup has been whittling away at his hiking stick to make the perfect handle. A few more trips up and I think he'll have it done.
Here's the family in their hiking gear. Mom refuses to wear pants if it's over 40*F, but she'll wear gloves! We all had on orange for safety in case any hunters were out.
For breakfast - Pumpkin Spice Pull-Apart Bread. This was a kitchen flop from a few weeks ago, but this time it was a kitchen win! Yum!
The power of water! I think these waterfalls in the middle of the woods are far more beautiful than Niagra Falls.
Water is the driver of Nature. - Leonardo da Vinci