Water sports

  • A woman on a stand up paddle board, another sits on one in the background
    Water sports

    Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone, on a Paddle Board

    Recently I took my first of what I expect will be many Outdoor Discovery School classes. Stand Up Paddle Boarding has increased in popularity in recent years, and the interest has increased the number of places one can buy a board or try one out for an hour or two. (Many waterfront outfitters that provide small watercraft also rent paddle boards.) Though it takes some coordination and balance, it is a fun activity that provides a good workout. For my first experience, I chose a class at Lake Nockamixon, (Bucks County, PA) run by the Center Valley L.L. Bean store. Arriving a bit early, we has plenty of time to…

  • Camping,  Hiking,  Water sports

    Ricketts Glen Is a Gem in the Endless Mountains

    Ricketts Glen State Park, in the Endless Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, is a popular recreation spot year round. Home to 22 named waterfalls, as well as numerous other trails and Lake Jean, the park has something to offer for the adventurous and beach lovers alike. The park is named for Colonel Robert Bruce Ricketts, a Civil War veteran who at one time owned much of the park land and the surrounding Game Lands. Fishermen exploring his land found the waterfalls, and Colonel Ricketts built trails to the falls, which became known as the Glens Natural Area. He named the waterfalls after American Indian Tribes and his friends and family. In…