Rickett’s Glen

Another sumptuous breakfast cooked to perfection by Billi – French toast and omlette for me and some “more than you can eat” delights for The Princess.

We were showered and packed by 1100 so we mounted our mechanical steed and headed off in the direction of Wilkes-Barre.  This large town is located around 15 minutes from Bischwind and it is a regional hub for this part of the Poconos.  The aim of our visit to W-B was to find a Starbucks – not a simple feat.  After driving around the town for around 30 minutes we came to the conclusion that there must be a ban on Starbucks in PA!  Fortunately, with our Chai Tea and Latte pallets in need of a serious recharge we managed to find an outlet inside a Barnes and Noble store downtown – what a challenge!

With hot takeaway cups in hand we headed out of town to the beautiful Ricketts Glen area.  Billie had sung the praises of Ricketts Glen and we were up for the adventure.  It took about 30 minutes to drive out to Ricketts Glen and despite a truck driver that must have been watching “White Line Fever” the night before we enjoyed the drive along the scenic country roads.

Ricketts Glen is home to a beautiful lake and an area that has two gorges that are home to spectacular waterfalls.  We spent 4 hours hiking “The Glen” and photographing the waterfalls in each gorge.  The walkways along the gorge are quite challenging in places so we had to pay attention to our footing.  To capture the falls we had to use our tripods and, at times, flashes.  The thick overhead flora made for some spectacular sunlight effects but it also meant that capturing some shots was difficult.  A great day of challenging photography.

We had a great day of hiking and working off some of the breakfasts we have been eating.  It was nice to get out and do some physical and mental exercise.  If you are traveling to the Poconos region then make sure you pay a visit to Ricketts Glen – you won’t be disappointed.

We left Ricketts Glen just as the sun was getting low in the sky (quite late at this time of the year) and drove back to Wilkes-Barre.  We returned to a mall area that we had passed by a few times and settled on dining at The Olive Garden Italian restaurant.  The meal we chose was very nice however the wine was a bit average – you can’t win them all!

We arrived back at Bischwind around 2115 and took some time out to update the website.  After a long day of walking and photography we were ready for a long sleep – this was achieved in no time shortly after our heads hit the pillows.

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