On Monday, November 16, 2020, we had gone for a run at Tobyhanna Lake in the morning, so we were looking for a shorter hike to fill some afternoon time on a gorgeous day. We decided to scout the Paradise Creek Nature Preserve for a possible hike with our daughter Katie and puppies Maggie and Ruthie. This would be a perfect distance for the doggos at about 2 miles.
We wore our hunter orange on this trail because hunting is permitted in the reserve:
This quote is from Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," which follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden (Ardennes). These particular lines were spoken by Duke Senior, Rosalind's father, upon his introduction in Act II, scene i. The woods are romanticized, as they typically are in pastoral literature, and the mood is set for the remainder of the play. Although perils may present themselves, they remain distant, and, in the end, there truly is “good in everything.”
Ironically, the quotation captures our own feelings as we cloister here in the Pocono Mountains, exempt from public haunt, trying to avoid exposure to Covid-19 and Presidential politics, being reminded by nature that there is good in everything.
In fact this is why we love to hike.
But we digress, because it really is about the landscape we explore when we hike. On this day, there were some wet spots from rain and snow that had pelted the area during the week prior to our hike:
The trail turned upslope and away from the stream, as we worked our way back toward the trailhead. Along the way, we came across this tree that just invited us to pause and rest on its prone trunk:
Our final verdict: This trail would be perfect to bring Katie and the puppies! We hope to introduce them to it the next time they drive up to visit us.