Poconos Flat Travelers Bed and Breakfast

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Monday, June 28, 2004

After the Pothole, we needed to go to Wal-Mart. I thought that sounded kind of boring, until I saw this view from the back of the parking lot! Posted by Hello

OK, one last picture from the Archbald Pothole State Park. Kiki says she wants to move into this forest! Posted by Hello

These rocks just caught my attention on the way out, and I asked if we could stop and take a picture. You can also see part of a stone wall in the foreground. There are walls like that all over the place here--even in the B&B backyard! Posted by Hello

Here's the other side of what we saw, staring up. Posted by Hello

Here's one of the views we could see when we were lying there staring up. This was directly over us. Posted by Hello

Kiki and I took time just to lie back on a wide, cool flat rock and stare up into the forest canopy. It was amazing. Posted by Hello

I asked The Soapbox Collector to take this picture to show you that a lot of the rocks in this region are coal. People still burn these rocks in special stoves to heat their houses (although the B&B has oil heat and radiators, like most people here). Power plants burn them to release energy that they turn into electricity. Mining, transporting, and burning the coal is a pretty dirty way to get energy compared to some of the ways we have available now, but a long time ago it was the best way people had to industrialize things quickly. (Kiki's saying something about whether that was necessary, but I'll ask her about it later. I know the family who runs the B&B likes the wind farm up on the ridge top better than the coal furnaces, though.) Posted by Hello

Everything seemed so giant--the trees, the rocks, and even the Pothole itself. So I was happy to find what seemed like a lovely garden, just my size! Posted by Hello

Would you believe we made it up this high in the trees? Posted by Hello

I wanted to try using the camera, so I took this picture of Kiki and Barkley myself! Posted by Hello

We decided to climb down into a place Kiki named "Fern Gulley." The Soapbox Collector and the B&B dog, Barkley, stayed up high and took our picture. Posted by Hello

It's so beautiful here. These forests seem magical, like we're inside this enormous natural cathedral. I wish I could bring you here, because the pictures and I just don't describe the feeling well enough. Posted by Hello

Here I am with my new friends Kiki and Jinn Quon again. I will say that I got pretty chilly in just my bikini. Kiki is talking about sewing me some better Poconos summer clothes. Posted by Hello

I decided to send some pictures of us playing in the woods next. You can't really tell that I'm the person Kiki's holding up, but I am. That's Kiki's brother Jinn Quon behind us--he's 13. These woods are in the state park at Archbald Pothole. Posted by Hello

This is still Archbald Pothole, looking as close to straight down as you can get to take a picture! I was nervous! I am so glad that Kiki had a tight grip on me so I didn't blow away! Posted by Hello

This is a close-up look at the inside of the pothole, taken from an observation platform. Posted by Hello

I didn't take this picture. The State Park people made it to show how Archbald Pothole formed--somewhere between 30,000 and 11,000 years ago! The swirling water in the bottom scoured the ground with rocks, gravel, and sand, digging the pothole. You can read all about it by clicking this link: posted by Kiki Kangaroo @ 12:29 PM 0 comments

After the RailTrail, we went to Archbald Pothole. This shows me at the Pothole. Here's some of what the state park people say about this feature: "Archbald Pothole State Park is a 150-acre park in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park is named for Archbald Pothole, a geologic feature that formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period, around 15,000 years ago. The pothole is 38 feet deep and has an elliptical shape. The diameter of the pothole decreases downward. The largest diameter is 42 feet by 24 feet. At the bottom it is 17 feet by 14 feet. The pothole has a volume of about 18,600 cubic feet, so could hold about 140,000 gallons. It would take 35 fire truck tankers to fill the pothole. " Posted by Hello

This is St. Basil's Russian Orthodox Church. Nobody from the B&B goes there, but it was so fascinating that I begged us to stop so I could have a picture. You can see Kiki holding me better than you can see me, though. We're about a mile from the B&B. Posted by Hello

OK, I'll stop posting pictures from the RailTrail after this--or maybe after just one more?? You can just barely see the Lackawanna River in the background here, over on the left. Posted by Hello

And beautiful ferns! Posted by Hello

More wildflowers! Posted by Hello

I absolutely loved finding beautiful places in the wildflowers here! I just have to show you more of these! Posted by Hello

This is us not taking a break, but still on the RailTrail. Posted by Hello

This is us taking a break on the RailTrail. Posted by Hello