PA Exploring Bald Eagle SF — May 2020 – Day2


DAY 2: AOAA TRAIL REPAIR CLASS – 24 May 2020


Reeds Gap to Coal Township, PA — 24 May: This morning around 4am an owl started hooting near camp and then other owls around the forest picked up his call and hooted back and it sounded almost like a chorus of coyotes — except it was definitely owls. I got up a little after 5am and got on the road for what Siri said would be a 2-hour drive to AOAA, and it was really good that I got an early start. I was cruising along the winding mountain roads when ahead of me I saw in the distance what looked like a broken down truck — flashing hazard lights and a safety triangle on the back, but as I approached I could see it was moving slowly and then realized it wasn’t a truck at all — it was an Amish horse-buggy. The road had the double yellow line and I realized that I don’t know the protocol for horse carts in PA — is it illegal to pass it, or disrespectful of their culture, or could it scare the horse? I had no idea, and I was early, so I just slowed down to horse pace and took some photos out the window of the Jeep as I crawled along. Eventually I think the driver of the horse-cart wanted me to pass and he pulled off to the side and I went around him (later on I saw other cars passing horse buggies when there was a double yellow line so I have determined it is OK, lol)…

AOAA, Coal Township, PA — 24 May: I was still a little early and had the time to visit the Killdeers — a type of bird. The female built her nest and laid eggs in the middle of the main trail access road to the off-road park and the staff had set up some barriers around it to protect it. We went over to see her and she came shooting out of her nest flapping her wing and rolling on the ground like she was wounded trying to draw our attention away from the nest. When that didn’t work she came over toward us kind of shrieking to scare us away. That didn’t work either, but after getting a few nice photos of her we left so that she would be able to go back to her nest in peace. I didn’t take any photos of the eggs because I didn’t want to get that close to the nest in any way that could disturb it …

AOAA, Coal Township, PA — 24 May: The Trail Repair class…