Adventure1: Nature Inn

January 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

As I continue to build my collection of imagery, I thought 2018 might be the opportune time to regularly share where my adventures take me (planning an epic adventure for 2019, so what you see this year is all just the lead-up!). (Adventures I plan on sharing may be local as well as travel destinations.)  The first weekend of 2018 found us taking a ride back to Central Pennsylvania - a regular staple in our travels in the spring/summer/fall seasons but not so much in the winter.  We spend a lot of time in Pennsylvania State Parks, and in central PA, our park of choice is Bald Eagle State Park.  A number of years ago, they built an inn overlooking the lake.  I've always wanted to stay there, so that's where headed for a quick overnight trip.

Trip highlights include:

Pretty sure Saturday January 6 was the coldest day of the season ... and probably one of the coldest days we've seen in a while.  (Yes, what you see here is a balmy 0 degrees at almost midday)  

Shortly after this we hit the mountains between Ebensburg and Altoona where blowing snow created a sheet of ice on the highway.  We had to crawl down the mountain at about 15mph hugging the berm on the righthand side of the road for traction (no photos as my hands were gripped on the grab bars).  We stopped and picked up some lunch and headed out to Black Moshannon State Park (one I have not been to in many years).  

Nice place for a picnic lunch, right? (Well we opted for the view from inside the truck - 4 degrees is out of my comfort zone)

After lunch we did a little more looking around the park before moving on.

After leaving Black Moshannon, we headed on over to Bald Eagle State Park.  I was amazed at the number of ice fishing shacks set up on the lake.  I'm told they have heaters they use inside of the shacks, but sitting on ice in single digits doesn't have much appeal to me!

The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle did not disappoint.  It was designed to blend in with the environment.  The Inn features local art by local artisans.  The staff was knowledgeable and friendly.  The rooms were comfortable and had a woodsy feel.  It was all I had hoped it would be.

We headed to the Hublersburg Inn (about a 20 minute drive) for dinner.  This is another favorite of ours.  They had one of our favorite winter seasonal beers on tap - and boy did they taste exceptionally good on this cold evening.  And the Hublersburg Inn was still decorated from the holidays making it feel festive.

I'm still hoping for a 'snowed' in winter adventure, so stay tuned!

Photos were taken with a Canon 6D, Canon Powershot SX-60, and Samsung Galaxy S7

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