Thursday, July 30, 2009

Alpha Falls - View from the Path

Alpha Falls - McConnells Mills
A view of the Alpha Falls as you wind your way along the side path from the Alpha Trail.

This photo was taken in McConnells Mills on July 26, 2009.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Looking Up

Hells HollowThis is a shot slightly above Hell's Run right before you cross over the first bridge in Hells Hollow.
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First Bridge in Hell's Hollow

Hells HollowThis is a photo of the first bridge you come to when hiking on the Hell's Hollow Trail at McConnell's Mill. It crosses Hell's Run and is very close to the parking area. As far as I know there are no trolls living under it. Just kidding.

This photo was taken on July 26, 2009.
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Hell's Hollow Falls - A Couple More Shots

More shots of Hell's Hollow Falls in McConnell's Mill.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hell's Hollow Falls

Hells FallsToday we hiked the Hell's Hollow Trail in McConnells Mill, or 'the Mill' for short. After a week of raining off and on, the falls were quite nice with all the extra water.
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hell's Hollow - Early July


This photo was taken on July 3, 2009.
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Friday, July 24, 2009

A Little Out of Focus...


But I think it can be overlooked. My wife spotted the sun peaking through the trees and suggested taking a picture - which I am glad she did.

This was taken on the side trail to the Alpha Falls in McConnells Mill. You can see the top of the ridge on the bottom left. July 3, 2009
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Alpha Falls

Alpha Falls
This waterfall is a short ways off the Alpha Trail. My daughter and I were quite surprised when we came across it while hiking. After a little research:
Alpha Falls, also known as Gardiner Falls, is the mouth of the valley leading from Alpha Pass. The falls most likely formed after lake drainage through Alpha Pass was complete. Later lake drainage eroded the main gorge to its present level, leaving the valley above the falls "hanging" along the gorge wall. Many waterfalls along the walls of the gorge are at the mouths of similar "hanging valleys."

Almost none of the Homewood Sandstone has been eroded at the top of the falls, suggesting that the valley has never had much flow since glacial lake drainage ceased.

Source, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Web Site. July 23, 2009.
This photo was taken in McConnells Mill on June 28, 2009.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Daisy Fleabane

Daisy Fleabane
A photo of Daisy Fleabane or Sweet Scabious (Erigeron Annuus) taken along Kildoo Trail on July 11, 2009.

More Info:
http://plants.usda.gov
http://www.ct-botanical-society.org
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Monday, July 20, 2009

Shimmering

Hell's Hollow
I could not resist snapping this photo on the way back from the falls. I was surprised on how well it turned out...

This photo was taken along the Hell's Hollow Trail in McConnells Mill on July 18, 2009.
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hell's Touch-me-nots

Touch-me-nots
Here is another version of the story:
The story behind how Hell's Hollow got its name is more rumor than fact. It involves a Civil War soldier who somehow became lost in Slippery Rock Gorge. The gorge was a very wild place in 1860s, with bears, elk, and coyotes inhabiting the area. When the lost soldier finally found a route out of the gorge, supposedly via Hell Run, he told tall tales of how he had barely survived the journey through hell by escaping from large animals that lurked everywhere within the gorge's shadow-filled hollows... Source, Pennsylvania Waterfalls, Scott E. Brown. P. 142
Obviously a variation of the previously posted stories. They do seem to be derived from the same theme; a traveler getting lost within the gorge and 'escaping' via Hells Hollow... a Dante's Inferno of sorts.

This photo was taken along the Hell's Hollow Trail in McConnells Mill on July 18, 2009.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Morning at Hell's Hollow

Hell's Hollow
This photo was taken on July 18, 2009.
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Hell's Hollow Trail

Hell's Hollow Trail
There are several stories on how Hell's Hollow received it's name. Here is one I found:
"Hell's Hollow" was named by the early settlers, and is an extremely suggestive appellation, for a gloomier place can hardly be found. It is related that the origin of the name comes from the fact that a traveler in an early day became benighted and passed the night in the hollow. When asked the next day where he had slept, answered that he "didn't know, unless it was in hell!" http://www.usgwarchives.org/pa/lawrence/1877/sliprock.htm, History of Lawrence County Pennsylvania, 1770 - 1877, by S.W. and P.A. Durant.
In another version, the blazing iron and lime furnaces at the time convinced the lost traveler that he had wondered into Hell itself.

Contrary to its name, Hell's Hollow is quite beautiful. It is well know for its wild flowers which eventually I will have photos of. The trail winds along Hell's Run and end at a spectacular waterfall near an old lime kiln.

I will be posting more photos and info later. If anyone has their own stories, please feel free to post in the comments.

This photo was taken on June 28, 2009.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kildoo Trail Photo

Kildoo Trail Photo
Taken on July 11, 2009.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Going Uphill

Going Uphill
A photo from Kildoo Trail on July 11, 2009.
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Pale Touch-me-not Photo

Pale Touch-me-not
Another image.
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pale Touch-me-not

Pale Touch-me-notA yellow Pale Touch-me-not or Jewelweed, (Impatiens pallida) along the Kildoo Trail in McConnells Mill. One of my favorite wild flowers, they are usually found in moist limestone regions and grow along side the Spotted Touch-me-not.

More Info on NRCS
More Info on hort.net
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