A couple weeks ago we received an email from Barb Nealon, who taught science at Southern Middle School while John was principal (one of his best hires!). Barb is an avid hiker and since she follows this blog, and knows we also love to hike, she asked if we would like to go hiking with her before we left town. The first time that it would work for both schedules was our last Sunday in York. So Sunday morning we met at a local mall parking lot and Barb drove us across the Susquehanna River to a good hiking spot along the river in Lancaster County. We drove south on winding roads near the river until we came to the Tocquan Glen Nature Preserve. There are a number of trails there that lead along the Tocquan Creek until it empties into the Susquehanna.
Once you reach the Susquehanna it is necessary to walk along the railroad tracks a bit to find the next part of the trail.
At one point Barb needed to move a small rock formation blocking the trail.
Our goal was to hike up to the Pinnacle Overlook, the highest point along the river in this area. The hike up to the top was very steep and, in some spots, required some use of the hands for balance.
But the climb was worth it to experience the great view at the top.
As any good science teacher will tell you, what goes up must come down. So after enjoying lunch, we headed back down, a climb made more challenging by all the leaves covering the trail.
At the bottom of the hill the trail turned back toward the parking area and followed the Tucquan Creek. The large rocks along the creek created some nice waterfalls along the way.
This hike was a great way to end our prolonged stay in York. John and Barb had a nice time talking about their experiences at Southern Middle School and then Susquehannock High School. The changing leaves, great views, beautiful weather, and a challenging trail made for a great day. Thanks, Barb ! ! !
Ah, finally it’s time to hit the road again. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we fire up the diesel and head south. Our first stop will be in Cherry Hill RV Park, just outside of Washington, DC. We have some time to kill before an appointment in South Carolina to have the motorhome serviced, so we decided to spend a couple of days riding our bikes around the capital.
More on that later . . .