“I’ll just hang on to the back of the kayak while you paddle around mom.” -E
Whenever we travel by RV, we always take the back roads, which means whenever we have to pee or stop for lunch, we still have beautiful views.
We headed up to a campsite just outside of Penn State’s main campus because I thought the kids would love Penn’s Caves — a series of caverns where the guided tours are given via boat! Although our campsite that evening wasn’t anything special, the caves were perfect especially because we were all still recovering from colds.
Luckily, there were mazes and giant souvenir shops and lunch to be had before we were directed by a grumpy lady to head to the boat. This was wonderful timing because the families on the boat behind us could not stop complaining about everything. She must’ve realized we were not irritated enough with their format to be with that group and sent us ahead.
Next time, I would stay in the Southern part of the Allegheny National Forrest then move to the northern part because our campsite the following day at Dewdrop, while not level at all, was beautiful.
The maps and information provided for hiking was terrible. I don’t know if it was because people mostly go to the Allegheny Reservoir for boating, but I was surprised by the barely marked photocopied map we were handed after all the national parks and forrest we stayed in out west. The only reason we found the trail to the water was because another family walked around our site then disappeared. We figured there must be pathway or there were Wendigos nearby (hey yo Supernatural fans) and we should run. Next time, I would write down my Allegheny National Forest research (no Internet service) or stopped at the main visitor center for better maps. This particular day we weren’t up for big hikes anyway so it all worked out just fine.
Next up, Niagara Falls with everyone feeling a-ok!