I visited Cherry Springs State Park (Coudersport, PA) once again, this time staying the full night in the campground. The first time I visited was October 2018 with my sisters Susan Ward and Sharon Tracy. We stopped, on a whim, after a day trip to Niagara Falls, Canada side. It was quite a haul, driving to Canada and back, and including a side trip atop a mountain, and we arrived home around 2 a.m., but what an amazing sightseeing trip it was.
Susan was so impressed she wanted to share the night sky, and its impressive vista of the Milky Way, with her daughter, Jennifer, and granddaughter, Mikayla. So the three flew into Washington, D.C., from their Tampa Bay home, and drove up to Pennsylvania.
Did I mention that Sue loves to drive? She must, the miles she puts on her car.
She’d been planning for this trip for months, drop shipping air mattresses and tents to my house. I have some camping gear, so we packed it all into the small rental car and headed north to Cherry Springs. Should have added more blankets, despite the crowded conditions of the car. Nothing quite like trying to sleep in temperatures that drop to the mid-40s in the middle of the night. Bottom line: You don’t sleep. You curl in a ball and close your eyes and pray that morning comes soon. When it does, you’ve finally fallen asleep because of exhaustion, but the rising sun and the dawn chorus won’t let you stay that way.
Panoramic view of the park, left to right: astronomy bulletin board, CCC-built picnic pavilion, pumphouse, Astronomy Field, sky shed and three astronomy observation domes, information display, modern latrines, amphitheater, and CCC-built replica of the Cherry Springs Tavern (log cabin across Pennsylvania Route 44)
Photograph by Ruhrfisch: Photographed, stitched and cropped it myself,
originally 13 horizontal photos, about 340 degrees.
This panoramic image was created with Autostitch
(stitched images may differ from reality)., CC BY-SA 3.0,