Kayaking 3 State Parks in 1 Day

Pennsylvania is loaded with state parks, the DNCR website lists 121 state parks and conservation areas. At one time it was said that no matter where you were in the state, you are never more than 30 minutes from a state park. Although, that might not be completely true… it’s pretty close. For me 8 parks are within about a 30 minute drive and 16 within about 1 hour!!! So this past weekend I decided to get out and visit a few… I actually was at 4 if you count the short hike before the rain at Prompton State Park on Friday.

Saturday, I visited Gouldsboro, Tobyhanna and Promised Land State Parks for a little kayaking. To be fair Gouldsboro and Tobyhanna border each other, but they are separate parks. Throughout the day I saw eagles, osprey, hawks, beavers, herons and more fish than you can shake a stick at.  Check out the video below to take a virtual ride along in my kayak with me.

Hammock and Gear Test at Promised Land State Park

It’s hard to believe it’s only April and I’m in north east Pennsylvania. I guess it can all be blamed on El Niño, with the warm weather and relatively easy winter. Whatever the case, I’ve been taking advantage of it hiking, camping and kayaking. This past weekend I decided to head to one of my favorite car-camping spots… Promised Land State Park, located in the Pennsylvania town of the same name. I very much needed to test some new gear, and it’s always best to do that in a place you are familiar with.

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730

What is 730? Well, 7:30am is a great time to start hiking or kayaking in the summer. 7:30pm is too late for a big dinner, but the 730 I’m writing of is about days. 730 days since my last post here… that’s a long time between posts. It’s not that I forgot or was being neglectful. I was just busy exploring.

So, I figured maybe it was time to start posting again. The question was…. About what? I originally started this “blog” as a place to post photos and not write much. In the past 730 days though, I’ve been so many great places that “just photos” aren’t always enough. For that reason, I’ve recently started taking my GoPro along with me and filming my adventures. So, my new goal for this blog is to share my adventures with words, pictures and video.

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Promised Land State Park in the Fog

Took a ride out to Promised Land State Park today, there is still about 6-8 inches of snow left on the ground. With the air warming up, a light rain and the snow melting there was a thick fog rolling through the woods and around the lake. Here are a few photos taken around Conservation island. (Photos taken with Google Nexus 5)

The Bullfrog

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Ahh… the Bullfrog. As a child in the summer, I could hear the Bullfrogs at night. Especially when I used to camp out by our pond. Not so long ago I was kayaking near Hontoon Island State Park in a tributary of the St Johns River known as the Huntoon Dead River (the river is spelled with a U for some reason). There is a section that opens up, much like a lake. The day I was out there, there was little boat traffic, so I sat out by the edge of the water… threw my feet up over the side of my kayak and relaxed. After about 20 minutes, the Bullfrogs started croaking. It was so relaxing that I fell asleep for a little while right in my kayak…. reminded me of camping by that little old pond.

The photo above, was taken back in 2004 at Promised Land State Park in Pennsylvania. I was spending the day with some friends and while they were fishing… I was photographing. I touched up the photo a little to post it here just to make it stand out a little more. The photo was captured with my old Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S50. For an older camera, it took great photos!

PS… Happy Mother’s Day, moms!