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A VISIT TO WORLDS END STATE PARK AND RICKETTS GLEN  8/4/21

When -                   Wednesday, August 4, 2021

 NEW ARRIVAL TIME: 10:00   NEW DEPARTURE 10:15

NEW MEETING PLACE:  WAWA Blakeeslee

 I am changing the starting point of my Drive from the WAWA at routes 248 and 33 to the WAWA  ( 296 Route 940, Blakeslee, PA ) at the intersection of routes 115 and 940. This  WAWA is a 45 minute drive from our original starting point. We would have been arriving there in the 10:15 range. 
 
All this means is that we will be meeting at the WAWA at the intersection of routes 115 and 940 at 10:00 a.m. with a departure time from there at 10:15.

Event Leader -  Walter Cramer

Join Walter on a weekday Drive that is a bit different from any of the drives he has offered in the past... this Drive is an all-day excursion.  However, driving the roadways through the Endless Mountain Region of Pennsylvania is a real treat.  It would entail an early morning departure, traveling four lane highways North, picking up route 115, turning onto Laurel Mountain Road and driving down the Giant’s Despair Hill Climb in Wilkes Barre.  As we always do, pulling over in the parking lot and letting anyone who desires to drive “up” Giant’s Despair Hill Climb.

We then navigate to a Sheetz Station in the Wilkes Barre area for a rest stop.  My Worlds End State Park Drive begins at this point.  At Worlds End, we can visit the famous scenic view of the Endless Mountains Region at the Loyalsock Forest Canyon Vista.  From there we travel South to visit and drive around Eagles Mere Lake.  We continue our journey South skirting the forest area of Ricketts Glen State Park and pick up route 118 East.  We will be enjoying lunch at the Ricketts Glen Hotel.  Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its Falls Hiking Trail that offers views of nineteen waterfalls.  The most photographed waterfall, which we will be stopping at, is just minutes away from the Ricketts Glen Hotel.

We continue East, back to the Sheetz Station where our Drive began.  On the route home, we once again drive up the Giant’s Despair Hill Climb and pick up route 115 and continue our return trip home via four lane highways.

  Return time to the Lehigh Valley will be in the range of 4:00 - 5:00.

This event will follow the current Pennsylvania rules for COVID-19 safety.  To avoid common handling of materials, we will email the directions to participants, for home printing, and we will eliminate the usual paper sign-in sheet.  Since the sign-in confirms your agreement with LVMOC’s standard Waiver and Release, we will now consider your post to this event thread, indicating that you intend to participate, to be your “electronic” signature, indicating your agreement with said Waiver and Release (copy available on request).

We will use FRS radios for communications.  Be sure to arrive by 8:30 a.m. with a full gas tank and an empty bladder 😏.

Attending:

  1. Walter
  2. Mike C. & Alison
  3. Ralph
  4. Michele
  5. Louie & Corrina
  6. Miata Mike
  7. Jim T.
  8. Dave P.
  9. Patricia
  10. Bill & his sister
  11. Ed G.
  12. Jon Petty

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Bill Anderson
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Hey there...   Go ahead and sign me up, it will be me and my sister.   I got off, but she's waiting to find out if she can get off or not.   Thanks!


   
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Zonker
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Just got word my new heat & a/c system will take 2 days to install.  This knocks me out for this drive...  🥺


   
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rhetlaw
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Just got word my new heat & a/c system will take 2 days to install.  This knocks me out for this drive...  🥺

Ralph, so sorry to hear that. I know you have been looking forward to this one.

Well, if it is a hit, I will be doing this again next year.


   
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Bill Anderson
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Why the switch to a later time?   Isn't an earlier start better?   My sister did get off, so we'll be there.   If someone could print us the driving instructions, that would be great!   Thanks !!

 


   
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rhetlaw
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Why the switch to a later time?   Isn't an earlier start better?   My sister did get off, so we'll be there.   If someone could print us the driving instructions, that would be great!   Thanks !!

Bill, I will print out the turn-by-turn directions for you and will give them to you at the WAWA.

Can you provide me your cell phone number.

Walter


   
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Posted by: @bill-anderson

Why the switch to a later time?   Isn't an earlier start better?   My sister did get off, so we'll be there.   If someone could print us the driving instructions, that would be great!   Thanks !!

 

I believe the idea is that we will start closer to where we will be having the fun roads. This later time takes into account that many will be travelling to get to the start.

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Bill Anderson
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@rhetlaw    Walter, here's the cell # 215-206-8583.   You will have to give me yours too, I don't answer calls that I don't know who it is.   Thanks.


   
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Bill Anderson
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@livetodrive     I'm not complaining about the time, it works for me..  It will take us about an hour and a half (or more, depending on weekday traffic) to get to the starting point.


   
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GrayRF
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You can go ahead and put me down for this one ...something comes up I'll reach out.


   
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Posted by: @bill-anderson

@rhetlaw    Walter, here's the cell # 215-206-8583.   You will have to give me yours too, I don't answer calls that I don't know who it is.   Thanks.

My cell number is 610 509-7120.


   
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I'm in

JP


   
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livetodrive
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Wow Walter! What a nice sized group for a Wednesday Drive! I am lucky to get four. And yes... that includes me.

Louie

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rhetlaw
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So happy that several folks are taking the challenge of spending a longer day in their Miata. Also hoping they will enjoy visiting new sites in that area of Pennsylvania as much as they enjoy driving their Miata.


   
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CTt3MX5
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I would have loved to join the group today to check out these new roads.  However I have a meeting later this afternoon and while I can multi task pretty well, driving during a Zoom meeting would probably be frowned upon.  Wait, I just missed a great opportunity to have a zoom-zoom Zoom meeting.  😆 

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rhetlaw
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We all wish you were joining us, Jeff. We'll miss your presence and whichever one of the "tailing" navigators that would have joined you.


   
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