Green Hills Preserve

• Series: Attractions of Pennsylvania • Tags: natlandstrails of pa • Places: Green Hills Preserve, PA

The Green Hills Preserve is not unlike the Crow's Nest Preserve, except there's more of it that I like. There are more hiking trails that are connected in a series of loops not unlike a big figure eight or two, and although there are portions that are still like walking through fields, I found those portions to be more enjoyable here than at Crow's Nest.

Trail Information
Name Green Hills Preserve
Type trail system
Location Mohnton
State PA
Country USA
Miles 3
Difficulty very easy
Check out the trails index for information on more trails!

Crow's Nest Preserve

• Series: Attractions of Pennsylvania • Tags: natlandstrails of paHopewell Big Woodsplantlife • Places: Crow's Nest Preserve

The Natural Lands Trust is a non-profit organization that owns numerous nature preserves in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Crow's Nest preserve is one of these, situated on the outskirts of the Hopewell Big Woods, near French Creek State Park and the Hopewell Furnace Historic Site.

French Creek at the Preserve
Trail Information
Name Crow's Nest Preserve
Type trail system
Location Elverson
State PA
Country USA
Miles 9
Difficulty very easy
Check out the trails index for information on more trails!

For more information on the preserve, check out the official website. The Crow's Nest Preserve contains many hiking trails, and of them, areas near the parking lot that run by French Creek were by far my favorite. I actually visited twice, so I think I have some pretty stellar photos from both trips.

This Sacred Border (Music Video)

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Here's a bit of a break from the other content I've been posting.

This Sacred Border (Music Video)
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I wrote this song a few months ago when it was much warmer outside, and finally got around to shooting a music video for it.

The music & the video were both entirely written, performed, recorded, filmed, edited etc. by yours truly. I did borrow the tripod from my parents though.

Hope you enjoy.

(I've added the full lyrics after the break.)

Ephrata-Warwick Trail

• Series: Attractions of Pennsylvania • Tags: trails of paAmish Country • Places: Ephrata-Warwick Trail

Mixed-use hiking & biking trails are extremely popular in PA. Many have been constructed upon the vestiges of abandoned railway lines. The Ephrata-Warwick trail is one of these. 

Ephrata-Warwick Trail

I picked it from the map as a place to visit pretty much at random, other than noting that it crossed over some water, and that it would be a relatively casual/paved walk. I walked about five or six miles if I recall correctly.

It was extremely popular when I visited. Which, to be fair, is probably what I get for visiting what Wikipedia calls "the most populous borough in Lancaster County" during a holiday weekend. This in and of itself isn't a bad thing, but I should note that I was the only person that I saw engaged in mask wearing. So, I kept my mask on at all times.

There are actually a fair number of interesting and worthwhile sights along this trail.

I'll let my photographs (mostly) speak for themselves.

Alleghany Mennonite Meetinghouse

• Series: Attractions of Pennsylvania • Tags: Amish Countrycemetariesfarmland • Places: Alleghany Mennonite Meetinghouse

The Alleghany Meetinghouse

The historic Alleghany Meeting House was originally built in 1885, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Mennonites, for those who are unaware, are a sect of Christians similar to the Amish. They hold religious services in meetinghouses and have similar beliefs, but unlike the Amish, do make use of modern technologies such as motorized cars.

This meetinghouse is no longer in use and is preserved solely as a historic site.

A Brief Note

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Apologies for the radio silence and missed Photo of the Week posts.

You'll find a few updates making their way on to the web in the coming days, which are part of a new series describing some local sights in Pennsylvania, my beautiful home state. There will be plenty of pictures.

I've had access to a car, so it is certainly more varied scenery.

Additionally, I have pushed some changes that make some minor tweaks to the site. They're not 100% tested, and they're pretty minor.

Probably the most notable change is that posts now have a link to "Leave Feedback" at the very bottom. (Note that this is only visible on a post's individual page, and not on the main blog.)

I consider it my Web 1.0 way of getting comments.

Stay tuned for further developments and thanks again for reading!