The holidays are finally over and not that we didn’t enjoy, but the time had come to decompress from them. After two months of revolving guests at home and being guests at our families’ homes, the first weekend in January is a wonderful time to get away for us. This is our second year of renting a cabin at this time to get away for some much needed rest, relaxation and reflection. Old man winter set in during the weekend we were at Linn Run State Park. It made for very cold weather with high’s hitting a mere 9 degrees. It was beautiful with the trees, boulders, creek and roads covered in snow! The morning of our first full day we initially set out for the Spruce Flat Bog. It was really cool seeing it barren and the vegetation dead, waiting on spring, but area was wide open and windy with harsh sun. Hoping for cloudy weather to set in we made our way back down the mountain. By the time we got to the bottom good cloud cover had taken hold. I decided to walk along the creek and find various rapids and fast flowing water along Linn Run Creek. There are certain areas that always hold my attention when I am there and I wanted to finally make my way down. The boulders were thinly capped with ice that reminded me of rock pyramids. Low hanging mountain laurel had what I call “ice skaters” attached to them. The rapids had unique formations where they flow heavily over the rocks. The creek is so fascinating in almost any condition because of all the boulders that create beautiful water formations and because of the surrounding mountain laurel. I could’ve spent hours making photos but alas the cold got to me too. I was a little ill-equipped for the extreme cold. Nonetheless, it was a great little unexpected adventure. It was relaxing and contemplative. It was just what the doctor ordered. There is few things better then quiet winter solitude.
“Solitude is the soul’s holiday, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead.” – Katrina Kenison