Monday, November 30, 2009

Reflection

McConnells Mill - Slippery Rock Creek I was very surprised this turned out as I had taken quite a few shots of water that did not. Slippery Rock Creek.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Shadow, A Fern

McConnells Mill - Slippery Rock Creek The sunlight on Sunday was quite remarkable. Walking along a path near Slippery Rock Creek, I could not resist snapping this photo.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cheeseman Run

McConnells Mill - Cheeseman Run A small waterfall along Cheeseman Run near Breakneck Bridge.
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Pile of Rocks

McConnells Mill - Slippery Rock Creek The white area between two rocks in the right of the photo is foam from decomposing plants. Slippery Rock Creek in McConnells Mill.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stairs Revisited

Kildoo Trail - McConnells Mill This is one of my favorite sets of stairs along the Kildoo Trail. I also snapped a photo back in July which appears very different with the green touch-me-nots and other plants.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Down Stream

McConnells Mill I should have posted this photo before my last one. The above image was taken before we arrived to the covered bridge from Kildoo Trail. Behind the bridge you can see the old mill.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Yield

Covered Bridge - McConnells Mill A photo of the side of the covered bridge in McConnells Mill. The sun was beginning to rise high enough to fully immerse the gorge in sunlight. On that day, my oldest and I had starting hiking Kildoo Trail from Eckert bridge on the North Country National Scenic Trail portion. When we reached the covered bridge, we crossed the creek and headed back. The trail is a relatively short 2 mile loop and is considered 'moderate' hiking.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Slippery Rock Gorge

Slippery Rock Creek - McConnells Mill According to the DCNR Website, 140,000 years ago there was a lake to the north of Cleland Rock whose waters were bound by the edge of a continental glacier. As the glacier receded, the ice dam burst and the ensuing torrent of water carved the already existing valley 400 feet deeper. The change was so drastic that streams which normally flowed north changed direction and now flow south. It is hard to imagine such power.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Another One

Eckert Falls - McConnells Mill My oldest daughter and I visited Eckert Falls Saturday morning except this time we climbed further up the hill. We were pleasantly surprised to find another waterfall not far away.

On the right side of the picture above is a stone wall that appears to be a foundation for an old mill. Below is a photo in the opposite direction. The stump of the fallen tree from this photo can be seen in the background.

I am going to tag both waterfalls as Eckert Falls until I discover information otherwise.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Eckert Falls

Eckert Falls - McConnells Mill On Sunday, my middle daughter and I spent a little time exploring the area around Eckert Bridge in McConnells Mill. We were surprised to find another waterfall close to the Kildoo Trail. My middle daughter enjoyed climbing around the rocks and sitting under the over hang.

From what little information I could find online, it is called 'Eckert Falls'. There is a stack of rocks at the top that appears to be either the remains of an old foundation or something else man made (not pictured). I've been debating contacting the park about some of the 'unknown' things we find. I guess I should make a list...

It is too bad most of my photos of this waterfall did not turn out as I had hoped.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Oh Those Trees!

McConnells Mill - Kildoo Trail I wish they would quit jumping towards the front of my camera. :)
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Warm November Day

McConnells Mill - Slippery Rock Creek My middle daughter and I took a rest in this spot while hiking along Kildoo Trail. While she munched on pretzels, I snapped a few pictures of Slippery Rock Creek. Here the water is slow moving and had a nice green tint to it.

There were a lot of individuals and groups passing through this area. My daughter had to wave and say hi to everyone. She even shouted across the creek to people. So fun.
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Hanging On

McConnells Mill - Rim Road Area I forgot how green everything was in August until we move into another season.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Covered Bridge

The Covered Bridge in McConnells Mill The covered bridge in McConnells Mill was built in 1874. In 1980, it was placed on the National Register Historic Places. Lawrence County rehabilitated the bridge in 1998 and it is currently open to traffic.

The bridge did have a close call in March 2004, when a large hemlock tree fell on the roof during a storm. Luckily, in 1957 engineers added concrete beams under the bridge which prevented it from collapsing into the creek. It was repaired the following September.

This is one of four Howe Truss bridges still standing statewide and this one located at the Mill has the longest span of them all. Most bridges in Pennsylvania use a Burr Truss. The Howe Truss was patented in 1840 by William Howe, with an extended patent in 1850. The design consists of a series of diagonal beams and uses steel rods for additional support. The Howe Truss was initially used for railroad bridges due to its strength.

Howe Truss
In the 1950s many covered bridges were being replaced by modern versions. It is fortunate that this one was not. Not far from here, Breakneck Bridge was also built in 1874 originally as a covered bridge. It was replaced in 1952 with a concrete one after a coal truck fell through the floor.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Light in Hell's Hollow

McConnells Mill - Hell's Hollow This image was taken on a September day on which my wife and I walked along Hell's Hollow Trail. It seems so long ago now.

McConnells Mill State Park.
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