This story is an example of a hiking trail that offered us much more than we anticipated when we planned the hike. Devil's Hole Loop Trail is described in All Trails, a hiker website, as follows:
"Devil's Hole Loop is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October."
We thought we would have a nice walk in the woods with some late fall colors. Boy, did we underestimate this hike! Here we our, in our pre-trail innocence:
From here, we hiked back down to Devil's Hole Creek, crossed it one last time, and climbed back up through the Rhododendron Tunnel to the trailhead parking lot, where we met some young hikers that had popped over to explore the trail but had stopped at the creek without really crossing it or exploring it, and had no idea what adventures this trail would offer them, if only they would accept the invitation and dive across Devil's Hole Creek.