Hiked at Eales Preserve at Moosic Mountain
near Scranton. We had planned to go yesterday but the car's dead battery delayed us enough we would have gotten a much later start. As it was, today was a fantastic day to be there with temps around 70, full sun, and a light breeze. The colors were probably stunning a week ago, but some trees and shrubs still had brilliant leaves to photograph (pics later, maybe).
We hiked up the road first, then turned right to take the loop of Blueberry Trail beyond the road. Power line road to Stonehenge Trail, along which were some impressive 1.5-2.5m blocky boulders of mostly conglomerate with some sandstone. We stopped near the viewpoint to eat sandwiches we'd brought, then continued on, eventually joining the Conglomerate Loop (we did the uphill portion). The vegetation was much lower here and it smelled like the area had been burned (the website above mentions planned burns). When we reached another road we crossed it to take Bruised Ego back to the parking area. Mountain biking is allowed here, accounting for some of the trail names, I think. Too technical for me.
I was going to take hiking poles to help me keep my balance and not reinjure my ankle but left them at home, so put on extra taping to stabilize it, and did fine with just that (and watching where my feet were going). Not many birds (blue jays, some kind of small hawk, a few butterflies) but nice views and neat woodlands.
We made a Starbucks stop in Scranton and then continued on to Archbald Pothole State Park
, and walked around there some after looking into the pothole (but didn't track it). And we went to check out the Lackawanna train viaduct
over the Tunkhannock Creek, 2,375' long, 240' high, with 10 concrete arches across the broad creek valley. Impressive.