“It was one of those sumptuous days when the world is full of autumn mustiness and tangy, crisp perfection: vivid blue sky, deep green fields, leaves in a thousand luminous hues. It is a truly astounding sight when every tree in a landscape becomes individual, when each winding back highway and plump hillside is suddenly and infinitely splashed with every sharp shade that nature can bestow – flaming scarlet, lustrous gold, throbbing vermilion, fiery orange.”
― Bill Bryson, I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away From: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/autumn
With its relatively high temperature, blue skies, and fall colors already on their way, Sunday was a perfect day for hiking. I was glad I signed up for a group hike at Worlds End State Park, PA.
The park is almost two hours away from my house so I opted for carpooling. That was my first time to share a ride with people I never met. Beth and Allison were a lot of fun. It turned out to be a pleasant experience.
We arrived before scheduled time but some hikers were already there. We took this time to introduce ourselves. To my surprise some people knew me from my travel blog. Some even followed my steps to places I recommended. It felt good to learn that my blog is having an audience.
We were still missing a key person, a hike leader. When last three hikers arrived, they informed us that the leader got sick and was not able to come. One of the ladies was brave enough to replace her without having a chance to properly prepare herself for this duty.
I did not envy her. I would not want this responsibility. With so many walking sticks and poles around, I would be afraid. Hikers are generally not violent, but with my navigation skills I would probably be able pull the worst out of them.
I was happy following the group. I had no idea where we were going, but others were paying more attentions. Still, we got lost a few times. It did not matter much to me. I was in the woods, breathing fresh air, taking in the scenery, and enjoying a company of other hikers. It was interesting to hear about their trips and sharing my own stories. We even came up with some ideas of places to visit together.
We walked mostly in the woods but there were three interesting spots I really enjoyed. One of them was the canyon overlook. At first, I liked it solely because it was the end of the climb. When I was able to catch my breath, I got to enjoy the vibrant carpet of colors below.
Another interesting area was Rock Garden dominated by huge boulders with narrow passages between them. We spent some time there wondering around and taking photos.
Finally, on the way back to the car we walked by river. The trees were reflecting in the water doubling the beauty of the surroundings.