Thursday, May 30, 2013

Our 24 Hr Adventure - Hawk Mountain, Kempton PA 5-25-13

It's been a busy time as of late and I am a firm believer in taking a BREAK to have a little FUN!
Fun with the people (or person in this case) that mean the most to you or that one person you KNOW you can have a BLAST with, no matter what you are doing.

Memorial day weekend was fast approaching. Jess and I had discussed taking a break and getting away for the weekend or at the very least an overnighter. Midweek rolled around with our busy schedules and no plans had been made. We wanted to avoid the shore, avoid I-95 and enjoy a quiet time together. I started digging around the Pocono area and came across Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, just about an hour away in Kempton, PA. Upon further investigation I came across Hawk Mountain Bed & Breakfast and they had a room available...booked the room and we now have a plan.

One of the things that interested both of us was A Mountain Moonwalk they were offering at the Sanctuary. I booked the room first and later discovered the moonwalk was full. BUMMER. The guided trail walk only happens during a full moon and apparently fills fast because it's limited to 15 people and allows you in the sanctuary after dusk. We were disappointed but still excited to explore the mountains of PA so close by and maybe see some cool raptors on our expedition.

When we arrived to the sanctuary late Saturday afternoon I nonchalantly asked if any openings had become available for the moonwalk...sure enough 2 spots opened up! We hit the trails for about an hour and a half, grabbed some dinner and supplies and headed back to the Visitors Center for our 2 hour Moonwalk. Of course I embarrassed Jess (and most likely myself) by asking our guide if anyone has ever done the moonwalk, on the moonwalk.

We ended up exploring around town and not getting back to our room until about 2 am. We almost missed breakfast the next day (which was excellent) before showering quick and heading back to the Sanctuary. We didn't see more than 2 hawks in the far distance but did see some gorgeous views of Pennsylvania.

We checked in at the B&B 3:30 on Saturday and left Hawk Mountain Sunday sat 3:30. 24 hours of enjoying each other, nature, and our adventure and documenting it with our cameras.

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! I hope you took a BREAK. Life is busy, sometimes you have to slow your roll, spend time with the one you love, make an adventure, enjoy nature, breathe and enjoy all that is around you. Repeat as necessary.

Enjoy some photos from our 24-hour adventure...

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