Ghosts Of Summer In November At Locust Lake State Park
Last month I drove to Locust Lake State Park in Schuylkill in the hopes of spotting the bald eagle that I saw this last summer. I had heard it was still occasionally seen at the park. It was sunny at my house in Hazle Township but clouds had started to move in when I arrived at the lake.
In the summer the trails and roads in Locust Lake State Park are bustling with campers, hikers and swimmers. It was much different on this cold November morning. The park was desolate when I arrived.
As I walked along the roads of the campgrounds I discovered their were far more campsites then I thought there were when I visited in the summer. This explained the many people I would encounter when I visited during the peak camping season.
I thought of the chatter and laughter of the many campers, young and old, that echoed through the woodlands in the summer. I thought of the smell of smoke from the campfires and cooking food. So many wonderful memories were created here and lingered on this cold, dreary November morning.
Despite the cold and clouds it was a nice walk. And although I always enjoy a walk in the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania, I still would rather walk here when the park is crowded with campers on a warm summer day. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike. Locust Lake hike November 17 2019.
“But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.”