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Old 08-26-2009, 08:44 PM   #1
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Back to Camping!

The Govenor has passed a temporary budget allowing employees to be paid; so to celebrate we went camping at Pine Grove Furnace State Park! We had a good time, and ran into some other State employees doing the same.

I also saw 3 Sunlines there and was able to make contact with 2 of them and provide them with SOC cards and info. What was really cool was the couple from Philly that I was talking to had a 2004 2670! This was their first RV, and they had toured the plant before it closed. They are well pleased with their unit and I encouraged them to check out the club and register their Sunline, especially since it had the numbers still written on the right front of the frame. They were happy to hear there is a club dedicated to Sunlines.

Sorry Jon, didn't occur to me to get the info from them at the time. Hopefully we'll see them on here later, or even at a M&G!

Happy camping to all!

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Old 08-26-2009, 09:48 PM   #2
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Hey! Great to hear that you got the chance to get out of C-burg! We returned about a week ago from camping with the 2670 in Algonac, Michigan...just north of Detroit. Funny, we were heading home and passed a 2670 and a red Dodge truck heading towards Fort Louden...thought it might be you! Glad to hear you got to Pine Grove...originally being from Newville myself, I spent some lazy summer days at those lakes! Enjoy if you get out again!
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Hey Brad! We LOVE Pine Grove Furnace! We have a tradition that our last campout of the PA season is at Pine Grove. We'll be there Oct. 16 weekend (Although Tweety won't quite go to bed after that because we'll be going to Virginia for Thanksgiving) I'm sure Amy and the girls are happy campers again
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Hey Brad! We LOVE Pine Grove Furnace! We have a tradition that our last campout of the PA season is at Pine Grove. We'll be there Oct. 16 weekend
I'm a big fan of that area from Pine Grove all the way up to Caledonia, my backyard stomping grounds.

I was wondering if you've ever taken the time to hike up Tumbin' Run? (also called "Lewis' Falls") If you haven't, it's a 'must see'. I'd be happy to give you directions if you'd like, it's just a few miles west on 233 from the furnace.

Glad to see you're back in the game Brad... I'm sure your trip out was long overdue!

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Old 08-27-2009, 11:00 AM   #5
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I'm all about waterfalls! Directions to tumblin run would be great.
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welcome back to the camping rutine Brad and Family . I hope that you get a chance to get out a few more times this season , take care and happy camping Dan
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That's great to hear - I hope IrishGuy had the same good fortune!

Hope it last for a long time!!!!!!
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Hey Brad that is wonderful news, both for the camping enjoyment and financial issues. Our employers just gotta stop messing around with our camping.

HUM, Pine Grove Furnace ???? Where might that be, might be someplace Sunny 14 needs to go ?????

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Steve and Pam,

Directions...
When leaving Pine Grove you want to head west on 233. It's probably only a 5-10 min drive from Pine Grove depending on how fast you take the winding roads. Look for a sign on the right side that says 'Adams County'. The pull off for the hike is right before this sign on the right side of the road and is just a small stone surfaced bulb right off 233. You'll see some large rocks that 1/2 circle the parking area that holds only 6-7 cars.

The Hike...
The trail from the parking area heads downhill towards the right and leads you down to Mountain Creek. When you get to the creek you'll see a small tributary run that hits it at a right angle. DO NOT TAKE THE LIGHT BLUE BLAZE TRAIL after getting down to the creek.

You'll want to cross over the creek and stay to the right of the tributary. There's a wide well beaten sandy path to the right of the tributary that you'll follow for 2-3 mins until you see small trails heading off to the left. These trails will bring you back to the bank of the water run. Once you get over to the water you'll start a small ascent, the trails splits constantly and it's your choice as to which path to take (you can hike this 100 times and never take the exact same path), just make sure to keep the water nearby.

As you gain elevation you'll see the water open up and widen, and even disappear undeground from time to time. Again, there is no clear cut or marked trail. After follow the water up for a bit you'll come across what I call the 'holding pool' at the bottom of the falls, this is the start of the steep ascent up the falls.

From here you're able to climb straight up the waterfall... literally. Otherwise there's a rocky climb directly to the right or left of the falls. Be aware that going up this way can be pretty slippery and you're basically 'bouldering' to the top of the falls. If you want to stay further right there's a more managable rocky trail that runs straight up to the lookout. If you decide to take the falls climb, when you get to the top, head perpendicular right of the falls run to get up to the lookout rocks. You'll want the 1st tall set of rock croppings for the lookout back down to the valley where 233 runs. You'll know them when you see them... basically a gigantic rock pile, and they're accessible both from the front and backside, depending on whether you climbed up the hard way or took the trail to the right straight up to the rocks.

That's it in a nutshell... enjoy.

A few things of note...
it is a very strenuous hike. I take water, a fresh dry shirt and socks, and a dish towel to dry off at the top.

the more rain/snow we've had, the more beautiful the falls are... and more slippery and dangerous

if you follow the water past the top of the waterfall you'll end up at the hunting cabin. The land is privately owned by a local group of 'well off' individuals, Drs, lawyers, etc and the cabin is sometimes used by its members. They've maintained being gracious enough to allow the public to use their land for this beautiful hike. I'd suggest limiting your hike up to the lookout and back down to 233. With that, I'd also not suggest taking the hike at all during deer season unless you have a full suit of blaze orange hiking gear.

Sorry for being so long winded but this is my favorite place on Earth and where I want my ashes spread... come the day. I've spent a lot of time up there.

Here's a few links or you can google 'Tumbling Run Game Preserve'

http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.a...teID=1&ID=4291

http://www.satc-hike.org/ofh29.pdf

Kitty,
I mapped the trek and it looks like an hour and a half from your town, probably closer if you wanted to go to Caledonia which is a very similar State Park to Pine Grove and close enough drive down to Pine Grove to enjoy both areas. If you're wanting full hook ups and amenities, check out Mountain Creek Campground. Be aware for this private CG... they stack em in tight!

Take care,
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Funny, we were heading home and passed a 2670 and a red Dodge truck heading towards Fort Louden...thought it might be you! Glad to hear you got to Pine Grove...originally being from Newville myself, I spent some lazy summer days at those lakes! Enjoy if you get out again!
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That's wild Rich! It was a red Dodge Quad Cab that I saw leaving the Park with a Sunline (although I didn't positively I.D. it as a 2670) when we were leaving Fuller Lake. Mine's a blue Quad Cab.

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Hey Brad! We LOVE Pine Grove Furnace! We have a tradition that our last campout of the PA season is at Pine Grove. We'll be there Oct. 16 weekend
O.K. Pam, you've got me interested. We normally go to Cowans Gap that weekend, but let me talk to Amy and see if we might change locations. What site are you on? Helpful hint, don't pick site #4; the tree tolerance for backing in is not good for the camper or the truck!

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I was wondering if you've ever taken the time to hike up Tumbin' Run?
We didn't get much of anywhere except Fuller Lake and a walk around the campground. As much energy as the Twins had, they may have made that hike, but Mom and Dad wouldn't have. Never heard of it but that's good for future reference.

September is booked pretty full. Just had an invitation to camp with relatives Labor Day weekend, but that won't work out. Next time may be the weekend of Oct. 16th.
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Hey Brad...that would be cool We're on our favorite - site 44. We have to be in the pet section, but it's near the end of the pet section. Are their new bathrooms open?
Jason...Thanks for the great directions. Now to get in better shape...
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Pam - the new bathrooms and showers are open, they have expanded the electric sites, and added additional pet sites. The map on the DCNR website is no longer correct and will be updated according Park Staff at a later date. The information in the online reservation system is correct, according to Park Staff.

Couple more things to check and we might be making reservations! I'll keep you posted!
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:32 PM   #13
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Pam,

We just made our reservations for Pine Grove Furnace for the weekend of October 16th. We will be next to you on Site # 42. Site # 43 is still available as well as several others. Any one else want to camp that weekend? Jason, Rich, Bonnie... anyone

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I'll check with the wife and see what's going on that weekend.

At very least I'll try to hop on the bike and head over the mountain to say 'hello' or maybe even try to catch you guys with a hike up Tumbling Run.

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That's great Brad! Anyone else live near there? Frank and Sharon? I missed the UNO tournament and am up for some UNO. Kitty?
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The weather is looking pretty terrible for this weekend...Pine Grove isn't going to happen for the Tweetys this year Rescheduled for next May.
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It's highly doubtful Kim and I will be camping with the forecast... basically rain and cold Fri, Sat, Sun.

After 25 months of living in my mother's basement... I think we're moving home this weekend!

Brad, if you're still going, I still might try to make a trip up to visit for a little while... let me know if you're 'for sure' braving it out.

I'm in the process of stocking the woodbox, cleaning the woodstove, and trying to get the camper set up to winterize... 2 weeks earlier than normal

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Sad to say I just cancelled our reservations. Amy brought the kid's back from the Dr.'s this afternoon and 2 of the 3 kids are sick with fevers and coughing. Throw in the bad weather forecast and our highly anticipated weekend is pretty well shot! Cooped up in the camper in 36 degree rainy weather with 2 sick kids will make for an unpleasant experience for all.

Funny; it's supposed to warm up next week!

Hopefully, the kids are well enough for our last trip at the end of the month. Sorry we couldn't all get together; maybe next season!

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