Road Trip: Valley Forge National Park

One of the things I love about living in Pennsylvania is the ability to travel a couple of hours in any direction and have the freedom to explore a completely new area.  When I lived in Lock Haven (my home before I moved to West Chester), we had the Finger Lakes and Watkins Glenn to the North, Harrisburg and Gettysburg to the South, and more State Parks than I can count to the East and West.

Since I moved to West Chester, I am making sure to explore the area and bring my camera along for the ride.   I have a plethora of destinations all within a short 2-hour trip:  Philadelphia, Ocean City, Baltimore, and Washington DC.   A few weekends ago, my boyfriend and I decided to stay closer to home and make the short trip to Valley Forge National Park.

The day started out to be slightly cool and the weather called for rain.  As soon as we arrived at the park, it started to rain…pour…um; a monsoon-like downpour more accurately describes the weather conditions.  We continued the rest of our visit viewing the park from the car.  We had a few breaks in the weather and were able to jump out of the car and snap a few photographs.

I saw this picture while driving along the stream and after a quick U-turn, we were parked and attempting to shoot the overhanging trees.  I came thisclose to falling into the stream.  Note to self:  flip-flops don’t provide traction on wet grass and mud.

My advice for the day:  take some time and plan a trip to exploring your own town or locations nearby.  Your hectic schedule might not allow for you to take a weeklong vacation, but there is always time to squeeze in a short day trip.

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