Saturday, August 25, 2012

A visit to a Pennsylvania Park.



  Summer is coming to an end, and everyone is winding down with last minute vacations, and getting ready for back to school. It can be a let down after the busy and hectic summer days.


 Our daughter Jill and her family took their last vacation this week, and we, Nana and Pop Pop did house and granddogs and grandcat sitting for the week.  I wanted to get the girls pictures just before they left for their trip.

I think I tried to get too many pictures, when they finally reacted like this. Ugh, Nana more pictures please!
They live near many beautiful parks, anywhere from about 20 minutes to a couple of hours.
So my husband and I decided to use some of our time there and visit some of the Parks. 
We checked out the map and looked for a park that was not too far away. We came upon the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Pennsylvania.   The Park is located in the French Creek State Park.

We came upon the Hopewell Furnace  , the community and iron plantation.   The plantation was built in 1771. It carries a lot of history with it. Visitors can visit the park for free.   You can walk around the grounds and look at all the buildings during the working of the Ironworks period of this Era.

We did not go into the settlement on this trip. But rode around on the outside grounds. It would be a good Fall trip to spend with the family one day.
We decided to ride around the park and see what else was offered there.
We came upon this beautiful lake at the end of the parking lot.
   As we got out of the van and walked over to the lake, we saw it was filled with beautiful pink water lilies.!!

What a beautiful sight this was.!  Just following  the roads and coming upon this lake with all this beauty growing there was amazing!

Being a State Park, they provided kayaks and canoes and small boats to use on the lake.

It was a perfect day to sit and enjoy the beauty of the lake and the sky reflections in the water.



How nice it would be to be a duck and live on the lake. The water was so clear and it was so peaceful. Even the people that were there were quiet. Like no one wanted to break the quiet beauty.

Dragon Flies were flying around and alighting on the rocks in the water. How pretty is their blue coloring.

    A frog popped up out of the seaweed to say hi to us. We told him we loved his home.!!!

A crane was running on an little island across from us. I think he was trying to hide from the men .

We decided after a while to drive around the area some more and see what else the park had to offer.
We said goodbye to the ducks and told them we would be back again some day.

We drove through the tree lined roads , looking for signs of something else to see. Just the riding through the park, was so pretty. Everything green and it was a sunny day. Bet this place is beautiful in the Fall with the colorful Fall leaves.!!!

After a short ride through the park, we saw a sign that said Swimming Pool.  Wow, what a swimming Pool it was.!!  It is right next to the lake. So while you are swimming in the pool you can overlook the lake and what is happening on it!!  How cool is that!???????!

The park also offers picnicking, camping and cabin rentals.

We had a beautiful day but had to get back home to the furry babies. Didn't want them to be by themselves for too long.

Hope you enjoy this visit with us to the French Creek State Park in Pennsylvania.  We will be visiting another park this week. Hope you can ~Take the Time~ to enjoy some of the Parks that your State has to offer.

Have a good upcoming weekend.!

Hugs, Eileen

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