Time off

Late on Saturday Joanna proclaimed, We’re taking a day off. The house is clean, we’re caught up on the laundry, the lawns look great, and there’s nothing on the calendar for tomorrow. We’re gonna wake up early, pick up some coffee and drive north to Black Walnut Bottom on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. We’re going to ride north to Rattle Snake Rock, have a picnic lunch, and then ride back. Storms passed through our area on Saturday afternoon and drier air followed the front. We woke to blue sky and scattered clouds yesterday and were on the trail by ten … we were back at the house for afternoon chores at four … we had a glorious time.The steel truss railroad bridge shown below crosses the creek just above Cedar Run and below Trout Run. I love the names of the contributing tributaries such as Bull Run, Elk Run, Clay Mine Run, and Gamble Run. One wonders whether the stories behind the names come even close to those which I can conjure in my mind. If a new tributary should be born at our place, what could we name it? Folly Run, Learners Run, Bust-me-back Run? Surely not Pairodox Run, for where’s the story there? We did stop, according to plan, at Rattle Snack Rock for lunch and then walked the bike down to the Creek. A large group had chosen to lunch on the promontory, thereby precluding our enjoyment of the view. Not to be discouraged, we got back on the bike and headed south. We stopped north of Slate Run to dabble a bit in the shallows and white water there … stay tuned for more images.


16 thoughts on “Time off

  1. Love this photo! The Rail Trail is such a wonderful trail, I’ve only been on the lower end near our place. Someday I would love to ride the whole thing!

    • J and I did once … 62 miles, I think, in somewhere around 6 or 7 hours … a leisurely pace indeed! How are you? I was so delighted to see ‘Griz,’ in my comments section. I hope you are doing well, settling in to your new situation, and meeting some nice people. D

      • I am well. School is starting to get super intense, but so far so good. Our program only has 14 students in it, so we are getting to know each other well. Haven’t met too many people outside of the program yet. I’ll have a new post coming soon. 🙂

  2. This image is both peaceful and on the other hand dynamic – I can basically see/’feel’ the flowing water and my mind automatically inserts boats and a train on the bridge. Nature and technology – perfectly combined! As other readers said – you have chosen a stunning perspective!

  3. What a majestic shot. You can tell how important the angle is when composing an image. The state of PA could use this in a travel brochure! Nice to get away for a day … clears the mind … good idea J!

  4. Love the place names in your post today, they sound full of character and of times long ago. There would be a new story if you named a tributary Pairodox run for others to discover in the future. Lovely photo too.

    • Thank you so much Julie. Glad you appreciated the image and that the post gave you something to think about as well. It is the beginning of my work day here and your thoughtful comments have had the effect of putting a bit of a kick into my step … thanks very much. D

  5. Lovely day well spent, Dave. We had a couple of perfect days this weekend too. One more at least to go today. I like seeing plants grabbing a root-hold on structures like this. I wonder if those blocks will ever be covered in green.

    • Thanks Jenny. If it weren’t for having to be at work each day … I’d have lots more time to do the things I’d like to be doing … such as taking photographs and writing WordPress posts! I should be back with another contribution shortly. D

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