“The history of Cowans Gap State Park is one of war (French/Indian), forbidden love (between a Patriot & a Loyalist), & hard work (CCC).” All we can tell you is, it is a wonderful state park in PA that has privacy & electricity! No water, no sewer, no cell service, but we can run the AC!
Edward, as usually, picked out what he said was a moderate hike of 3 miles round trip. After the first 100 feet, we reach a sign that said ” Most difficult”! When will I learn? Edward assured me we could do it & honestly, we did, switch back after switch back. The views were beautiful & the ascent was rocky, but we remained cheerful. A trail volunteer suggested we descend straight down the Geyer Trail because it was shorter & no rock climbing. Sounded good to us so down we went! Spirits still in tact until we reached the road & realized that we had over a mile walk to get to the car! Boo hiss!
The snack bar by the lake sweetened our moods with delicious fresh squeezed lemonade! It was so refreshing to sit by the lake in the shade & regroup. The moral of the hike is: we are NOT going to do any more hikes that say difficult or that take three hours of scrambling through boulders! It took our knees & ankles 24 hours to recover! Even Edward admitted we took on too much.
The next day we walked the geriatric 1.5 mile loop around the lake! Much easier & I still got a lemonade!
James & Glenda met us in Lancaster for lunch on Saturday & it was wonderful to be with them again. Lancaster Brewing Company had great beers & good food & we talked the afternoon away. So happy to celebrate with family.
Maggie has officially entered her senior years (along with us). Her walks are confined to campground loops & she is the happy user of a new truck ramp! Jumping into the truck was no longer possible & climbing in with help was getting harder & harder. A few treats were all it took to get her to use it with ease! Our intention is too keep her as healthy & happy as we can for as long as we can. She’s a good ol girl!