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welcome and enjoy!

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon / Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« on: Yesterday at 07:29:10 AM »
Hard packed stone. So yes.

General Campfire Discussion / Back in the game new to me camper
« on: July 19, 2017, 03:04:11 PM »
I pick up my new to me 1990 Coleman Columbia tonight. pictures to follow.

For a long weekend 800 miles round trip. (Blackwater Falls State park).  for a 10 day trip  1360 miles (Cave City KY)
Both great trips

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon / Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« on: July 19, 2017, 02:56:29 PM »
Walmart is closer than you think. 20 minutes and less than 10 miles. in 15 years I have never seen a bear there, that said this will be the first time.
This year ticks are almost a given even in the cities. Great place to be to just enjoy and let everything sort itself out.

Pop-Up Campers / Re: New PUP camper with lots of questions
« on: July 18, 2017, 07:32:38 AM »
 Welcome to Canvas Campers!!
 I will help where i can. Others will offer more advice based on their experience.
   As far as gray water. You may have a holding tank which would mean a valve under the camper behind the outlet. if not hook up your drain hose in the sewer before you start.
  Depending on how your vehicle was wired it may be set up to charge the camper battery. if not there us an extra terminal that could be used for this in the connector. Be sure to fuse this and remember along with charging the camper it can also draw the Vehicle dead.
  I drank a lot of water from a regular hose so. OK! proper water hoses are a good idea. The water at campgrounds in most places is tested for use. You can fill at home, but most places have a place to fill before you get to your site. Why carry the extra weight if you don't have to.
  Tire should be inflated to the pressure listed on the sidewall. They built the tire and know best. Running pressures lower than recommended are a recipe for disaster.


Watkins Glen, NY / Re: Watkins Glen State Park - June 2018
« on: July 14, 2017, 11:50:33 AM »
One of 6 "high speed" carousel left and the only one operating.

Promised Land SP / Re: Promised Land State Park - Summer 2017
« on: June 20, 2017, 01:46:44 PM »
Typical state park. Spotty at best for them all.,

Promised Land SP / Re: Promised Land State Park - Summer 2017
« on: June 13, 2017, 02:35:03 PM »
Pulp Fiction for a 7 year old???  Sounds like a "Bad Grandpa" thing!!

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon / Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:54:45 AM »
For scenic views of the Canyon there are the Overlook Trail (0.6 mi.) and the Colton Rim Trail (1.5 mi.) at Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks respectively. But for really expansive views you may want to try the Barbour Rock Trail (1.0 or a 3.4 mi. loop) or portions of the West Rim Trail (Outside Magazine’s choice as “Best Hike in Pennsylvania,” April 1996). For views of the valley that held the glacial Ice Age lake, there are several trails in Ansonia (Mount Tom (1.5 mi.); Dry Hollow (1.5 mi.)).

The Pine Creek Trail (Rail-Trail), presently about 62 miles long and growing, is an almost flat grade suitable for bicycles of almost any type and runs the length of the Canyon. This trail was named a “Top 10 Bike Ride” by USA Today in 2001. You don’t have to cycle the entire 52 miles: local businesses offer both bike rentals and return shuttles, making the 17 mile (3 hour) ride from Ansonia to Blackwell through the heart of the Canyon, easily done even if you haven’t been on a bike in 30 years.

The Pine Creek Trail, in addition to bicycling, offers cross-country skiing in winter, horse-drawn wagon rides in summer, and 9 miles of equestrian trail along the section from Ansonia south. And if mountain biking is your thing, the Asaph area north of the Canyon (and location of the Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Race each September) offers world-class mountain biking for intermediate and advanced levels.

Rafting, Canoeing, & Kayaking
Pine Creek is a combination of moderate whitewater, long quiet pools, outstanding scenic drama, and sensory exhilaration around each bend. This is THE way to see the Canyon, but you are limited primarily to springtime (mid-March through early June), as Pine Creek has no dams for water releases and is dependent on snowmelt and rainfall. If you are canoeing or kayaking, intermediate whitewater experience is recommended. For those without these skills, a raft (or guided raft trip) is recommended, or a trip on the Upper Pine, west of Ansonia.

The Canyon was designated an Important Birding Area by the Pennsylvania Audubon Society in 2004. American Bald Eagles have been nesting in the Canyon since at least 1987, and they have raised up to three eaglets each year (with the exception of 1993) since this discovery. It is not unusual to see eagles close-up and in person in our Canyon, and nesting American Common Mergansers are quite common.

Watkins Glen, NY / Re: Watkins Glen State Park - June 2018
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:49:18 AM »
More from the area. LIVE ANIMALS
Our Saltonstall Animal Room features unique habitats from around the world organized according to amphibians, reptiles and fish. These habitats focus not just on the animals, but also on the environments in which they are found. Experience a tropical rainforest with some mysterious green tree pythons. Check out the beautiful yet invasive red lionfish suspended within a North Carolina shipwreck. Or explore the wildlife found in your own backyard in the New York Natives gallery, plus even more amazing animals.

Our saltwater Tidepool Touch Tank features marine invertebrates such as Forbes Sea Stars, Flat clawed Hermit Crabs, Channeled Whelks, and Horseshoe Crabs.

Hands-on Touch Tank Hours:

Saturday: 11 am – 12 pm and 3 – 4 pm
Sunday: 1 – 3 pm
Weekday hours subject to volunteer availability, please call ahead.

Sciencenter Image

Promised Land SP / Re: Promised Land State Park - Summer 2017
« on: June 08, 2017, 01:39:18 PM »
Trading up. Woo-hoo!!! ;D

Watkins Glen, NY / Re: Watkins Glen State Park - June 2018
« on: June 07, 2017, 11:45:13 AM »
Check these out. For the kids and kids at heart. Kind of like Knoebels. Only 35 minutes away.   

This 1890s Looff carousel was originally brought to Eldridge Park in 1924 by Bob Long. In the late 1980s, the carousel was dismantled and the animals were sold off at auction, leaving only the motor behind. Through the efforts of the Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society, this majestic ride was restored and reopened in 2006. It is one of the few remaining carousels in the world with a working ring feeder.

Promised Land SP / Re: Promised Land State Park - Summer 2017
« on: June 07, 2017, 08:44:42 AM »
hot dogs and hamburgers. What is this PUP? LOL!

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