December 31, 2011
York County Ramble
We had a glorious New Year’s Eve hike. We crossed the Susquehanna River and drove on increasingly narrow roads to a spot near Cuffs Run. The weather was mild for December, into the low 50’s (F), the wind was gusty, and the sky was blue.
Our goal was a rigorous scramble over rocks and through ravines, but the fallen leaves and wet ground made the going treacherous. Discretion being the better part of valor, we retreated to ramble a series of dirt and paved roads through the woods and the countryside. Wonders abounded, like this tree covered in burls:
There were many hawks, or perhaps eagles, riding the currents aloft:
We passed a vineyard in stasis:
A farm gate with a reminder of our mortality:
And a spectacular dry stone wall:
That stretched off into the horizon:
We came upon a weathered barn with cool gothic shutters:
And the road seemed to roll out before us endlessly:
When it was time to retrace our steps I spied a fallen branch sporting the dried husks of tulip poplar flowers:
On our drive home we stopped at the John Wright Restaurant in Wrightsville for a late lunch.
The food was good and the ambiance pleasant, but best of all was the view of the river and the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.
Just as I never tire of the river, I always admire the beautiful form and proportions of this bridge.
Several years ago I made a small art quilt depicting it:
Nearby there are some historic lime kilns:
The stonework and masonry are fabulous:
May the New Year bring us all peace, good health, and prosperity, and may our travels, near and far, take us to places of beauty and wonder.