A walk along the Allegheny RiverPosted: October 15, 2012 Filed under: 365 Meditation Challenge, Adventures in Life, Air, Autumn, Bicycle Adventures, Daily Walk, Earth, exercise, fall, Fire, goals, health, hiking, home, Local Tourists, nature, Photography, Spirit, travel, Walking, water, weather | Tags: Allegheny River, Allegheny River Trail, autumn, cycling, fall foliage, Hiking, Indian God Rock, MaidinSun Photography, Mother Nature, nature, Oil Creek State Park, Outdoors, Pennsylvania, travel, trees, water, weather, woods 36 Comments
Thank you to everyone who joined in the group walk. I haven’t had a chance to join you all on your walks yet, having just arrived home a little while ago. I think everyone who needed a little extra time has managed to get their walks in so it probably won’t be necessary to extend the deadline. However, if you want to join in and haven’t had a chance to walk or do your blog post about it yet, let me know. I plan to do the wrap-up either tomorrow or Wednesday and will wait a bit if you need extra time.
I took my walk/hike on the Allegheny River Trail in Pennsylvania. M went with me. We started near Brandon, which is described as a relatively remote access to the trail. I had originally planned to do a 10k (6 miles), but I wasn’t feeling as well as usual so I shortened it to 5 miles. We also cycled 7 miles after the hike. (Imagine what we might have done if I’d been feeling well!)
We had a beautiful day for the hike. It was overcast at first, but then it cleared up for several hours before the clouds moved back in. The temperature was in the mid to upper 70s. Shorts and t-shirt weather. The wind was gusty which kept it from feeling too hot out there. Hard to believe the high was around 45 degrees just two days before!
The area we were hiking in was once dotted with oil wells and boomtowns that sprung up as a result of oil drilling. The first oil well in the U.S. was drilled near here, just south of Titusville, Pennsylvania. The town grew from a population of 250 to 10,000 almost overnight. Other than some of the artifacts, such as the barrels, you really can’t tell the hills in this area were once lined with oil wells. Mother Nature has been allowed to do her usual good job of reclaiming the land.
No more history lessons. If you’d like to learn more about the area, you can visit the Oil Creek State Park website, and/or start by reading The Drake Chapters at Samuel T. Pees Oil History website. It’s interesting stuff, but this post is supposed to be about my walk.
I don’t believe the fall foliage colors were quite at their peak yesterday. I say (write) this because something happened overnight. I was dazzled by the colors on the way home today. There just seemed to be so much more this morning than we saw yesterday. Not that the colors were slacking off yesterday. They were quite beautiful.
It was incredibly quiet on the trail. The occasional cyclists would zoom by, but otherwise, it was just us, the trees, the chipmunks, the ducks in the river, the birds in the trees, and probably a bear or deer or two back in the woods that we didn’t notice.
Sounds included the rustle of the dry leaves blowing across the paved trail, the occasional crack of a branch being torn from a tree, the crash of the branch as it hit the ground, the creak of the trees being blown about in the wind, the wind itself whistling, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. It was a mostly wordless walk, M and I enjoying the sights, the sounds, and the comfortable silence of each other’s company as we walked through the beauty of the trail and the day.
Parts of the trail were shadowed in the darkness from the hemlocks growing along the edge of the cliffs.
But the trail was always well lit from the river side.
About 2.5 miles into our hike, we stopped for a picnic lunch. Food always seems to taste best when eaten at a picnic table or sitting on a rock at some point during a hike in the woods.
On our way back, we stopped at Indian God Rock where there are carvings dating from between 1200 and 1750 CE. Neither of us climbed down to get a close look at the rock. I kind of wish I had as it would have been interesting to get a look at the petroglyphs. Some of the original, Native American, petroglyphs can still be seen, but there is also a lot of “historic graffiti” to be found on it too.
It was a lovely and easy hike. The trail is an old rail trail so it’s mostly level. It’s also paved. You’ll find the occasional bench along the way if you need to rest a bit. There are no other facilities, but the woods will do if you need to answer nature’s call.
Our bike ride was quite nice too, although the area where we rode was a bit more urban and crowded. We started at the Franklin trailhead. The Allegheny River Trail in that area runs along the river (of course) on one side, and a highway and power lines on the other.
Still, it’s a nice trail. You can’t see the highway (you can hear the traffic, especially since there are a lot of big trucks — associated with fracking — using the highway) and the river views are agreeable.
I went for my usual daily walk around the pond shortly after arriving home this afternoon. The fall colors here are just at or just edging past peak.
There is still some green to be found, but some of the trees are bare already.
I reckon that’s it from the Bogs on this cool and cloudy, sometimes rainy, day. Thank you for once again joining me on my walk. Or walks since I included a little of today’s walk with yesterday’s participation in the group walk. I’ll be around soon to visit and enjoy the pleasure of your walks if you participated, or just to see what you’re up to if you didn’t.
Wishing you a delightful day, evening, or night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time. 🙂
I didn’t walk as much as I had “planned” and my phone camera kept telling me it was “full”… I’ll pull together the bit that I have this afternoon…the little walks I did take were lovely!
Robin…. I’m lost….where do we connect you with our walks? I put something together… what a different writing form describing a walk is….wow, harder than I thought it would be. And my camera wasn’t doing well…but…I walked! And I took what photos I could. And I posted! whoopee! 😀
This is fine, Kathy. I’ll pick up the link from here. Can’t wait to join you on your walk. 🙂
The last picture is my favorite! Great shot!
Thanks, Colleen. 🙂
Sublime autumnal hues. Picture two stands out for me.
Thank you, Mike. Mother Nature has been showing off this year. 🙂
Super series of images with wonderful fall color!
Thanks, Phil. 🙂
I love the pathways in the woods. They make me feel like I am right there. 🙂
Thank you, Shirley. 🙂
Awesome. Of course, you know me I’m all about the oil barrel. “Roll out the barrel….” 🙂
Thanks, Terry. 🙂 I had a feeling you’d like the oil barrel. You would have a great time visiting that area. Lots of rust to be found, and the barrels are in varying degrees of decay. We found one rust covered barrel that still has oil in it.
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Amazing autumn shots!
Thank you, LadyFi. 🙂
¡Un paseo precioso, bellas tomas!!
¡Gracias, Manoli! 🙂
Oh. Beautiful. You and I have been traveling through similar territories and you take the photos of the same kind of things I do. I’ve even been doing a lot of ponds along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thanks so much for sharing. You brighten my days.
You’re welcome, Pat. And thank you. 🙂 I look forward to catching up with you. (I think I’m about a week behind.)
Incredible fall images and colors!
Thank you, Mimo. 🙂
Good morning. gorgeous shot.. such colour. I posted a walkabout on the farmy this morning but as I do this all the time I am sure it does not really count! We do love our walkies! have a lovely day.. c
Thank you, Cecilia. I wish I’d read this before I posted today. I always enjoy your walkabouts. 🙂
Oh, I can’t tell you how even a mention of the Allegheny River brings back memories of my childhood. I was even born at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. By the way, that last photo–damn! Love it, my friend.
Thank you, Kathy. 🙂
It’s a beautiful area, along the Allegheny.
I always love the photos you post after your walk, Robin. You take some of the most beautiful nature photos. I love how you captured the light on all these photos.
Thank you so much, Gracie. 🙂
Beautiful images, Robin!
Thank you, Lynn. 🙂
Just lovely! I have been meaning to visit an arboreteum but the weather has not been good, your shots are stunning, the colours are fabulous!
Thank you, HappySnapper. 🙂
Mmmmm….beautiful photos, Robin. Looks like a great place for a walk. I enjoy your travels, Robin. You take me to places I’ve never been before. See you on the next post.
Thank you, Marianne. 😀
You seem very lucky to have so many wonderful walking places in your area. Your walk was very peaceful. I just recently made the rounds of seeing all the walks from the blog along and realized I hadn’t read about your walk, when I found my way here. 🙂
Thank you, Karma. 🙂
Nothing is very close, yet it isn’t too far away either. This was a weekend-away trip because it’s about a two hour drive from here. Other than around the pond, I usually have to travel at least 30 minutes to get anywhere else, sometimes longer (45-60 mins. to get to the Towpath Trail where I ride my bike).