Have you felt stuck in the busyness of life? Have you heard the call of the raven as she flies over town beckoning us to follow? They say the raven is among the most intelligent of birds. I believe it, because the raven knows the wisdom of wild spaces perhaps better than most. It feels to me like this book wrote itself because I chose to follow. The raven’s jet-black silhouette outlined by pointed wings and notched tail led me to The Pine Creek Gorge time and again during my five years living in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.
The Pine Creek Gorge seems to me to be one of the most unique places in the Pennsylvania landscape, and I find the northern part of the Pine Creek Gorge between Ansonia, Leonard Harrison State Park, and Colton Point State Park to be one of the most ecologically, geologically, and environmentally interesting of all the places in the Pine Creek Gorge. I hope the essays in this book will enrich your next visit to the Pine Creek Gorge and help you grow deeper into community with wild spaces everywhere.
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Kinglet of the Gorge. (January 25th)
kinglet on the hemlock branch, perched here with me at the edge of the west rim
of the Pine Creek Gorge; watching you move about ever so freely up and down the
canyon walls and happily along the rim; I covet your diminutive size and your
I invest lots of effort to make my way to those hard-to-reach places in this steep rocky landscape. One summer's day I managed a trek by foot (more of a scramble really) from Owassee Road near the island, straight on up to West Rim Trail near Barbour Rock. Just yesterday I was overjoyed to have made a successful beeline ascent from Pinafore Run at the Pine Creek Rail Trail on up to Snyder Point Vista. I put in lots of time and effort, but there are SOOO MANY sidewall spots that are out of the question.
But you. Yes you with your little olive body and your capable wings! There is no secret ravine, no exposed rocky face, no utmost spray of hemlock or pine that is out of your reach! To me, you are royalty, the bird with little olive body and capable wings who surveys the steep forest kingdom of the Pine Creek Gorge.
So my little neighbor, if we spoke the same language, we'd have much to discuss. I'd like to hear the stories of many a great adventure you've had up and down these canyon walls. I'd lean in as you tell me of secret domains under rocky cleft where creeping junipers cascade over sandstone and lichens galore thrive where the rocky face juts inward. You'd have my attention if you were to share tales of shaded ravine where the side-hill springs are just a trickle and mosses abound in nooks and crannies everywhere. I'd listen intently while you rattle off the long list of wild neighbors you've happened upon; some of them friends, a few to beware of, but mostly just fellow canyon dwellers who do their thing while you do yours. You'd share the spots and perhaps a memory or two, of where the bear dens up, where the fox raises her young, and where the bobcat walks each day.
Golden-crowned kinglet on the hemlock branch, I covet your diminutive size and your capable wings. I hope to see you again the next time I visit. Peace to you, and to this place.