Maiden Voyage: Ricketts Glen State Park

After yet another great breakfast we drove the dirt road to Poe Paddy State Park. It’s a “primitive” camp with vault toilets located at the confluence of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek. It was not crowded and reminded us of US Forest Service campgrounds. We would like to return and stay here.

We did not leave Poe Paddy by our planned route and ended up east of where we wanted to be. At a high spot we got brief cell reception and Google directions to Ricketts Glen State Park. As we experienced earlier on this trip through the Pennsylvania mountains, Google sent us the long way over multiple dirt roads including back past Poe Valley State Park where we started this morning. It was quite pretty driving through green tree tunnels and through small towns.

We arrived fairly late at Ricketts Glen and circled multiple times looking for a level campsite with some sun for our  rooftop solar panel. We selected a site close to the former lake (drained for dam maintenance) and saw that it was filled with swarms of mosquitos. Finally settled in site 53 in the center of the campground and near the bath house. We joked about how much this resembles circling an anchorage looking for the perfect spot to drop the hook.

The showers here have those tiny nozzles that can’t be aimed, shoot you with needles and spray water all over the changing area. Still, it’s been very hot and humid and any shower feels good.

Another good dinner of mixed vegetables, spices, and chopped sausages.


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