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Postby robbiestoupe » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:24 am

Saturday my wife and I found somebody to watch the kids and we went for a 2 mile hike on the Rachel Carson Trail. We've been doing little segments of the trail here and there whenever we find the time and a babysitter. Saturday we started in a town called Hites and ended near West Tarentum. We ran across what must have been an old location for a mechanic, who decided that the junkyard was not worthy of his circa 1950's automobiles, nor were the hundreds of tires laying around. The property had recently been razed and a new home was being built there. It's also interesting to see the diversity in homes in these areas. This area isn't altogether poor or rural, but you get the sense you may be out in Weedville, PA and not in Allegheny county.

What I love most about this trail is its diverse scenery. At times you'll be walking through an industrial park and within 5 minutes you are a couple hundred feet up with complete peace and quiet. And that 200 ft climb is no joke. According to AllTrails, near the end of our hike we partook in a 34% decline from the hilltop down towards Crawford Run Road which takes you under Route 28 back to where we parked. If we had just walked along Freeport Road, we would have gone from point A to point B in half an hour. Taking the trail took us 2 hours.

We've been doing this for 2, maybe 3 years now and still have not completed the entire trail. Still have 9 more miles to go according to AllTrails. Granted, we only get 2 hour windows to do what we can, but it always amazes us that there are people that do the entire 38 mile trail in one day. The 34% grade is not uncommon, and the blazes are not always well marked.

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Postby eddy » Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:42 am

Nice sunset hike in the snow last night

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Postby Freddy Rumsen » Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:14 am

Awesome pics

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Postby shafnutz05 » Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:21 pm

Just something about a snowy sunset...nice.

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Postby eddy » Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:34 pm

it was gorgeous. Plan to head up next snowfall with tripod, camp chair and a sixer and do a time lapse of the sunset

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Postby dodint » Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:11 pm

Spent the day hunting the backside of Keystone State Park. Didn't get anything but it was gorgeous working through the trails and woods in the snow with the clear blue sky above.

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Postby MrKennethTKangaroo » Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:15 pm

Around the lake and in the campground, keystone kind of sucks. But if you cross the highway, it is a fun place to be.

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Postby dodint » Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:37 pm

We were in and around the Strawcutter and Davis Run trails.

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Postby Freddy Rumsen » Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:19 pm

Moraine is a great place to hunt

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Postby dodint » Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:51 pm

My wife SUPs at both places. Neat.

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Postby Freddy Rumsen » Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:04 pm

A buddy of mine who works at the Corps of Enginners in Pgh and I used to go there and Conemaugh. He was more successful at both places than I.

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Postby dodint » Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:24 pm

I hunted some CoE property on Sunday.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:48 am

I believe the observatory at Keystone State Park is one of the least light polluted places in PA. Otherwise, what kangaroo said is pretty much correct. It's just a campground.

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Postby MrKennethTKangaroo » Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:55 am

A buddy of mine who works at the Corps of Enginners in Pgh and I used to go there and Conemaugh. He was more successful at both places than I.
If I were a betting man, i'd guess that the Conemaugh river lake is probably the least used public land/lake within 50 miles of pittsburgh

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Postby dodint » Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:33 am

It used to be my job to go inspect the physical security measures for IT systems at all of the USACE reservoirs in the area. Every one of them had a rec area and most of them were completely empty of people every time I went.

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Postby eddy » Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:28 am

I believe the observatory at Keystone State Park is one of the least light polluted places in PA. Otherwise, what kangaroo said is pretty much correct. It's just a campground.
That's interesting. I didn't know about this. Mingo state park is supposed to be good for stargazing as well. Both if these are a lot closer than cherry springs, I'll have to check them out. Thanks

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Postby shafnutz05 » Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:33 pm

I believe the observatory at Keystone State Park is one of the least light polluted places in PA. Otherwise, what kangaroo said is pretty much correct. It's just a campground.
That's interesting. I didn't know about this. Mingo state park is supposed to be good for stargazing as well. Both if these are a lot closer than cherry springs, I'll have to check them out. Thanks
This is one of my favorite websites to peruse.

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Postby eddy » Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:34 pm

I believe the observatory at Keystone State Park is one of the least light polluted places in PA. Otherwise, what kangaroo said is pretty much correct. It's just a campground.
That's interesting. I didn't know about this. Mingo state park is supposed to be good for stargazing as well. Both if these are a lot closer than cherry springs, I'll have to check them out. Thanks
This is one of my favorite websites to peruse.

https://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.h ... 03/-78.228
Very cool, thanks for sharing

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Postby eddy » Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:41 pm

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We got destroyed today, it was a blast

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Postby mac5155 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:56 pm

Damn son

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Postby shafnutz05 » Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:29 am

That's awesome @eddy. Growing up in Altoona, there was a steep hill up above the Keith z athletic field, we used to tube/sled from the top down. When you add a ramp at the bottom, it was absurdly dangerous. I'm lucky I didn't break my neck on several occasions.

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Postby willeyeam » Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:39 am

Conditions are mint on the mountain today boys

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Postby robbiestoupe » Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:03 am

Conditions are mint on the mountain today boys
The mountains are calling and I must go

- John Muir

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Postby dodint » Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:52 am

Had some family over for sledding on the hill in our back yard. Glad I did because the snow is completely gone 24 hours later. :lol:

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Postby robbiestoupe » Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:23 pm

I have destroyed two sleds in the past week. Both times with my 2 boys in the sled with me. First time was making a jump and landing sideways and second time was yesterday running over a root.

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