RICKETTS GLEN AND JULY 4th

IMG_1797It hasn’t been raining for 40 days and 40 nights—yet. However, this summer has been unusually wet. So when Hubby had off the day before July 4th, a non-raining day, we decided to hike the Ricketts Glen waterfall trail and see the rare, gushing summertime falls.

As we drove into the glen’s jammed-packed parking area, it became obvious that we were not the only ones who wanted to see the overflowing falls. We managed to find an empty parking space some distance from the trail’s beginning.

IMG_1799We strapped on our day packs, grabbed our walking poles and started along the trail. Groups of 10, 15 and even 20 or more people traveled along the mountainside path. Not a huge surprise since we had seen more than one tour bus/van.

On the steep and narrow stairways, we often had to step aside and wait for groups to pass. With so many people, the trail resembled a city sidewalk rather than a mountain path through a glen. The few trail runners out that day didn’t do much running.

IMG_1806The pathway can be treacherous in spots, especially when extremely muddy and wet like it was that day. One misstep or slip can result in a nasty fall with major injuries.

We were continually amazed at the number of unsafe hikers – those wearing flimsy sandals or shoes, even ankle-length dresses, and kids in bare feet wearing swimsuits. Others carried small children in their arms or hiked without water bottles on this hot day .

With so many people, I didn’t worry about snakes…although we did pass a four-foot black snake right next to the trail.

IMG_1804The waterfalls created a beautiful hike. Neither Hubby nor I had ever seen the streams so full. A few places running water even ran over the trail.

Thankfully, we didn’t hear of anyone getting hurt that day. Hubby added up the distances of all the glen’s trails we hiked and came up with eight miles. Yes, we were tired at the day’s end.

Maybe we can hike it once again before the streams begin to shrink.

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About Kathie Mitchell

Kathie enjoys country living, time with family, playing cornet in community bands, crafts, gardening, and writing.
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2 Responses to RICKETTS GLEN AND JULY 4th

  1. suemidd48 says:

    John and I really need to get out hiking again. You’ve rekindled my passion for it. And I’ll wear the proper shoes! 🙂

    • Try adding a set of hiking poles. I bought them for backpacking thinking I’d not really like them. After using the poles, I bought a set for Mike. They are GREAT going uphill and downhill, and really help with balance on uneven ground or across wet slippery rocks…of course we are much older than you and John 🙂

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