I try to make it an annual event. Sometimes, though, work gets in the way. I hadn’t been the last two years. It was great to get back. In years past I’ve been with both daughters, or one daughter… This year, I talked my friend Sue into going. We both took Friday off and made the 2-hour drive early enough to ski the Ridge Trail before dinner.
No one had done the Ridge Trail in a couple of days. In those two days there had been a dumping of snow, 15 minutes of rain, and another dumping of snow. The ice layer that was put down by that rain was not thick enough to hold us up on top of it. So breaking trail was interesting! Challenging! Heart-pumping! Exhausting! But we were up for the challenge.
We took turns breaking trail. Even though we were going mostly downhill, it was still a lot of work. In some spots, the trench we made was up to our knees! We were grateful to a gentleman who passed us and broke a small section in the middle of the trail before he turned around to return to the start. And we were even more grateful to Dave and Allison who were taking a late afternoon run from the Lodge making our last half mile or so smooth sailing. Other than that, we broke most of the (approximately) 6.5 miles of trail ourselves!
Here we are looking pretty proud of ourselves for our accomplishment. (And I should probably mention that we also broke another 1/2 to 1 mile of trail while we were lost and both secretly wondering where we would hole up if we couldn’t find our way back… It’s always an adventure…)
The Ridge Trail is such a nice trail… It starts at the DCNR office, and after an initial incline that we call the Warm-Up Hill, it becomes a gentle descent all the way back to the Susquehannock Lodge where we were staying. If you can catch a ride up the hill, or carpool so that you have a vehicle at the lodge, it is just ideal.
On Saturday, I cross-country skiied the Ridge Trail again with new friends from the Lodge while Sue went off to Denton Hill State Park to downhill ski.
Skiing on Saturday was such a delight. “Groomed” trails (ha ha – thanks to Sue and me!) and absolutely perfect weather conditions made Potter County’s claim to be “God’s Country” seem justified.
For some reason, I took no pictures inside the lodge… I wish I had! Ed and Carol are fantastic hosts at the Susquehannock Lodge. They fill us with delicious food and provide lovely accomodations at very reasonable prices. I recommend them heartily! Check out the link below.