We went back to the End of the World!!! Damn the torpedoes, the snow, and the subfeezing temperatures, we went out there anyway.
World’s End State Park was new to me last year. Friends of ours arranged the trip again, so again we went. Of course with the arctic front business this year, the temps were lower and the snow was deep. Several trails were not usable, especially the one we were on last year, Butternut trail. This steep trail goes up and down a gorge and was likely treacherous in the ice and snow. Instead, we went on a xc-ski/snowmobile trail that was groomed and walkable. We walked about 1.5 miles in on the High Knob Overlook, but didn’t quite make it to the overlook. We were passed by snowmobiles once or twice, also some xc-skiers swooshed by and I was wishing for xc equipment myself. It was a perfect day for it, and the trail was beautiful.
walking the High Knob Overlook trail
Our cabin was cold at first, but we had a roaring fire in little time and everything warmed up nicely. Our group had six cabins and arranged for wood to be delivered to each one, so we just had to stack it and keep the old woodstove burning. This did involve getting up to stoke the thing several times at night, lest the reader overly romanticize the scene. It did get to the single digits, mind you. Those cabins are just so darn cozy! Each one has a stone fireplace with woodstove, lights, a refrigerator, and a cooking stove. No water/sink/bathroom, but there are several nice bathhouses so no cabin is too far from one.
Our cabin, #8 same as last year, inside and out.
We had a feast one night with all the families and way too much food, and made s’mores on one of the outdoor fireplaces. Our cabin had one of these, as did several others. The stone fireplaces are really beautiful.
Mr. & Mrs. in a rare shot by Fiercely, Mr Fantastic by an outdoor fireplace, me by the Office at The End of the World, another lovely cabin (across from ours) with the forested hill in the background
To Ithaca and Our Cabin
We headed to our Ithaca cabin afterwards. It was cold and snowy the whole way there, and cold and snowy at the cabin. Our heater was having problems so there was a lot of co-sleeping under as many blankets as we could find! Our cabin has passive solar warmth and also retains heat well, so we used the oven to warm it up. We were happy to get above freezing and see the snow from our boots melt after a few hours. We also walked on the pond and walked around the property a little, but the more popular pastimes were drinking tea and hot chocolate and snuggling under blankets. I made it through more than usual of the Sunday New York Times, which was nice.
the cabin, the fields, schlepping stuff to the cabin
We really didn’t do much other than read, cook and eat, and enjoy the coziness of the fact that we were slightly warmer than the outside. Just looking out the window was bliss. This really is a great winter!
To heck with anonymity for a minute, Mr Fantastic’s first name the unusual Serbian moniker “Milan” (rhymes with smilin’, as he likes to say). Well, passing through rural upstate Pennsylvania, we came upon a small town with that same name! And it said ‘Pa’ afterwards, for the state of course, but much like our man who is of course a proud Papa. We took a million pictures by the post office, unfortunately closed on Sunday, but could not find a Milan, Pa. citizen to tell us their pronunciation. I thought this article might be helpful, but it didn’t mention the PA town. Likewise this one on the name, this one that mentions a Milan in Michigan, awww I give up.
So, what’s your opinion on those glass insulators from old telephone poles? Well, my late mother-in-law collected them and we are still in the habit of stopping by the side of the road once in a while in memory of Grandma Judy if we think we can grab a few. This time we didn’t get any, but a little adventure walking on snowy railroad tracks for questionable reasons is always a plus. Being a nonconformist and a bit of a daredevil, she would have approved, we think.
It appeared that the tracks were in use based on the fact that they did not have snow on them, but we did not see any trains as we walked there and later drove along that stretch of track for a while.
So back we went to the East Coast blizzards, which rage again as I write. The kids want to watch a movie so I’m signing off until the next adventure!