Thursday, October 11, 2007

Camping Day Three!

We had bad thunderstorms during the night last night, but everything is looking good this morning. We made sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast today. We stayed around the cabin for the morning. We had grilled ham and cheese and grilled pizza sandwiches for lunch. The new sandwich grill worked great in the campfire.
After lunch Chris, Kim, Tabatha and I decided to go on a hike that was right by our cabin. We saw a lot of people walk by to go on the hike so we thought it would be fun to all go together. Mom and Baby J. stayed at the cabin to play and take a nap.

The sign for the hike said is was a 4 mile hike.

Bear Caves - Mt. Seneca Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 4 Miles (6.67 Kilometers)

Elevation Gain: 900 Feet (280.5 Meters)

This picture was taken at the top of the mountain.

Chris set the timer on the camera to take a picture of all of us together. Remember we had been hiking for a while at this point.

This is the top of one of the caves.

Looking down!

Can you believe how big the rocks are?

This is the inside of one of the caves. There were too many people in there for any of us to go in. Chris really wanted to go in. Maybe next year. (We will start at the other end!!)

Bear Caves - Mount Seneca Trail is a loop trail 4 miles in length and offers the curious hiker plenty of exploring opportunity. From the outset, the trail offers cave openings with narrow passages. Flashlights are a welcome accompaniment in this boulder strewn area. Once inside the caves, one must stoop and squeeze through slender corridors. The trail continues to climb a number of large rocks only to descend alongside the boulders. The treetops are a canopy of maple, oak and hemlock while the forest floor is covered with mossy rocks and various species of fern. Slide Hollow must be crossed about midway which can prove challenging during the rainy season. As you ascend the trail to the summit of Mt. Seneca 2,106 feet, be sure to notice the abundant plant life resting at the crest. From the peak, most hikers retrace their steps through the forest.

After we got out of the woods we had another 3 mile to walk back to the cabin. It wouldn't have been too bad if we would have had FALL weather not this 80 degree stuff in October. It was Chris's and my turn to make dinner. We made BBQ chicken, potato's and onions on the open fire and corn on the cob.


T*mmy said...

Looks like you've had an awesome trip!

Sorry it's been a while since I've been here on a visit!

Have a wonderful day!

Lilli said...

What a beautiful hike! I just love going through forests and getting to the top of mountains :)

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Sounds like you all had a wonderful time! We love Allegany too, and have walked that trail many times when our kids were growing up. We were just there two weeks ago visiting friend who were also camping.
I loved all your pictures too!
Yes! it was a hot weekend! So strange to have all the fans going a week ago and now-starting our wood stove for the first time
Blessings to you-Claudia O.

kris said...

Cool - that looks like a neat place to hike. I love the photo looking down on the trees - very pretty.

Susie said...

Looks like you had a wonderful family weekend. The scenery there is beautiful. We love to walk and hike, so I know we would have enjoyed the one you pictured.

Deb said...

One of my favorite places to camp; we've been going to Allegany since I was little, and I still love it!