|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on June 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM|
The 1st time I hiked the AT in Pennsylvania, I had a profound experience which I will never forget. It was a beautiful Sunday morning & as we approached the Tumbling Run Shelters on our way to Chimney Rocks, there were 2 gentlemen & a beautiful dog checking out the area. Later I came to understand they were the Overseers for the shelter area, however they are also some of the best marketers of the AT in PA as well as the PATC. I went home that evening & joined PATC....and the next month started volunteering for trail work. But I get ahead of myself, so this is how the story goes.......
The Tumbling Run shelter area is beautifully maintained & as we talked 1 of the gentlemen tried repeatedly to give me a PATC brochure. He explained I would love the cabins, especially Hermitage as well as being part of the trail work groups. I had no desire to carry more 'stuff' so I thanked him & we continued up the trail to finish the 9 mile circuit hike to Chimney Rocks from Old Forge. On the way back down, I kept hearing this 'whooshing' sound, which I thought was wind in the trees, but when I looked up....the forest was very still. In just a bit I realized we were hiking over an underground stream & then I saw one of the most beautiful sites in Pennsylvania......Tumbling Creek running in front of the Hermitage cabin. I was totally enchanted as we sat on a boulder in the middle of the stream just listening & watching nature's beauty. Needless to say, I went back to Tumbling Run shelter before we left to get the brochure for PATC.