Do what you want to do, enjoy what you do and use it to touch those around you.
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
Park in the parking area and follow the path to the right of the building - just to the right of the handicapped spaces in the picture below.
Once you get to the end of the concrete walkway, you will see the entrance to the walking trails.
The first set of trails you come to are the North Trails. These are three nested loops that have a great view of the creek you can cross and the other ridge line managed by the center.
When you finish exploring the North Trails, you continue down your original path to the bridge that crosses the creek. Please note - as you are crossing the creek, you are getting closer to the area that allows hunting. The line of demarcation is the Rail to Trail Trail. It is recommended that you wear orange any time you hike on any of the center's trails during hunting season. If you do not have orange and are hiking while the gift shop is open, they have vests they can loan you.
This trail loops back onto the path you just followed - there was a sign for it not long after you branched left at the Y. This trail has a nice, roped off sitting area overlooking the creek.
Although our hiking was limited due to the hunting, it was a nice day and someplace that we would like to hike more extensively.
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
The Conewago Recreation Trail is a 5 mile rail-trail that is managed by Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation. To get to the beginning: From Harrisburg, take 283 toward Lancaster and exit at Tollhouse Road. Turn right. Go to the red light and turn left. The parking area is three miles ahead on the left.
This path is mostly level, quite wide and gravel covered.
It is also recognized by the Audubon of Pennsylvania as a Susquehanna River Birding and Wildlife Trail.
Both sides of the trail are heavily posted for no hunting, but please remember that this is a notice for strangers only. Landowners could still be hunting their land, as could anybody they give permission to. So, if it is hunting season, as it was for this walk, make sure you and everyone with you is wearing orange.
This hunter appreciated that we could be seen...
Nov 25, 2012
Follow Cold Springs Road up the mountain. You will leave paved road and start on a dirt road just as you start to climb. This road is not maintained in the winter and, if no snow is on the ground, this section can be done, slowly, in a standard vehicle. Hubby's Altima did it nicely. When you get to the top of the mountain, you have the option of turning right (I would not advise that, as it is marked private for Indiantown Gap), turning left and parking or continuing straight down Cold Springs Road. If you do not have four wheel drive and, I would advise, a high clearance, I would advise parking. This does add about two miles to the hike.
Park the car and walk down the road. When you get to the bottom, you will see a stone wall on your right just before a wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and start climbing - you will come to the other parking area just around the bend. Continue following the road past the metal gate. Just as you enter, you will see two blue marks on a tree to your left. Continue straight on the road until you see the same color blue on a tree to your left - follow this path.
This will start your climb up the mountain. At one point, you will break through onto a flat rail trail. Resist the urge to follow this path now, you will see it again later. Continue across the road to where you see a sign for the Appalachian Trail and continue to follow the blue blazed UP the mountain. Did I mention UP?
This is definitely a case of slow and steady wins the race or, in this case, finishes the mountain. When you get to the top and see the junction with the Appalachian Trail, you will feel like singing. Once you catch your breath, if you are like me.
The logs you can see in the picture make a nice place to sit and catch your breath, have a drink and a snack. Once you are ready to move on, you can come back and look at what you just climbed. You may even be tempted to just walk back down the mountain the way you came up.
Turn right and follow this rail trail back to where you started. At this point, you can climb back down through the trees, but I suggest walking straight until you come to an old road to your left - two tenths of a mile or less. Turn left onto this road and follow it through the remains of Cold Springs Resort. This road will take you back to the gate at the four wheel drive parking area. Follow the road back up the other mountain to your car.
Nov 24, 2012
To find it, cross Peter's Mountain into Halifax on route 255. After you reach the bottom of mountain, you will come to Camp Hebron Road - turn right. There was a PADCNR indicating the turn when I visited. Follow Camp Hebron Road until you see the sign above on your right. The parking area is a one way road and, when you are parked, you have a wonderful view of the valley.
Just beside that trail is the beginning to the Evergreen Trail - blazed in red. I started on this trail and followed it to the left to where it met the blue Victoria trail. The trails are very well marked.
I stayed on the blue trail - it crossed the beige Rock trail and the pink Whitetail Trail then turned into what appeared to be an old road and started to climb the mountain.
At the top of the mountain, you will come to the end of the blue trail and a steel gate. Just across the gate you will see white blazes and another trail - this is the Appalachian Trail. The view from the top is quite nice, but you can only see it when there are no leaves on the trees. You can, at this point, turn left onto the AT and follow it to the blue trail and continue to follow it until you come to the pink trail. I did not take this option, I walked back down on the blue trail.
As you walk back down the mountain, you will find where the pink trail crosses your path. Turn left onto the pink trail. Continue to follow the pink trail - it will join with the yellow trail for awhile. When the pink and yellow trail diverge again, you will be at the pond.
There is a bench on the far side of the pond. If you would like to sit for awhile, continue past the pond and turn onto the next left trail. You will see a trailer ahead of you and the bench is just behind that. If you see the Eagle Path, in blue, it can be taken, but it is very close to the water and was not as well maintained when I was there. Continue on the pink path until it meets back to the red path - there will be a small cottage where they meet. At this point, you have done 2.5 to 3 miles (depending on how many side trips you take around the pond, etc) - a mile less if you don't climb to the top of the blue trail. If you want to have a slightly longer walk, bear right and follow the red trail back to where you started. If you want to get done, turn left and head back to the parking area.
To learn more, go to http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/josepheibberson/index.htm
Nov 23, 2012
Nov 22, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
When selecting a size of bag, don't just look at the size on the front. In the picture above, you can see that these are large bags - they hold 6 - 11 pounds. However, if you look at the back, when cooking ham, it falls under the extra large. As I found when i cooked a 9 pound ham, it was related to the irregular shape of the ham.
I opened the bag, put it in a roasting pan then set the ham in the bag. You could season the meat at this point, but I was not doing that, so I just placed it and sealed the bag with the ties provided.
The instructions say to cut the top corner off of the bag to prevent steam from building up and to allow the meat to brown.
I did cut the corner off, but I didn't cut enough off and the steam did cause some inability to see the meat later in cooking unless I tapped on the bag. This was not a big issue for me, but if you prefer to watch your food brown, either cut a larger hole or make a few slits in the top of the bag.
When I removed the ham and cut the bag, it was browned beautifully and extremely juicy. Juices from the ham remained in the bag and were ready for use in anything I wanted to use it for. If I had wanted to glaze the ham, I would have cut the top of the bag about half an hour before it was done cooking, added the glaze and returned the ham to the oven.
This bag worked beautifully and I look forward to cooking the geese and ducks that hubby returns from hunting with. Unfortunately, cooking my Thanksgiving turkey isn't an option as my turkey is 23 lbs. I will have to see if they carry a Jumbo sized bag that will allow me to do so. Finally, these bags are microwave save. You can cook your foods without making it inedible and still keep it moist.
Nov 19, 2012
3/4 Cup butter, softened 2 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar. 1/4 Cup old fashioned oats
1/2 Cup sugar 1 Tsp baking soda
2 Large eggs. 1 Tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 Tsp salt
1 Tsp almond extract 10 Oz Toffee Bits
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In mixing bowl, cream butter, and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in toffee bits. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 for 10-12 min. or until golden brown. Cool for 1 min. before removing to wire racks.
Nov 18, 2012
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Nov 14, 2012
Step 1: Wash the squash.
Step 2: Cut squash in half.
Step 3: Remove seeds.
Step 4: Put squash cut side down on a cookie sheet lined with non stick foil.
Step 5: Roast until soft, about 45 minutes. Turn upright to stuff.
Step 6: Stuff and top with cheese.
Step 7: Return to oven until stuffing is heated through. If using the sausage and bean stuffing, it should take about 15 minutes.