Monday, January 26, 2009

Playing in the Poconos

If you've ever read a bridal magazine you probably remember the advertisements in the back for the honeymoon spot in the Poconos that has a champagne glass shaped bathtub. Totally cheesy. Until yesterday, that was all I knew of the Poconos. We decided to take the kids on a Sunday drive in search of some snow to play in and ended up in the Poconos.

We drove through Jim Thorpe, PA, a really interesting little town with a downtown full of rowhouses that are in the victorian style. Many of these have been converted into store fronts. As we drove down the windy narrow road that takes you through the town, we also saw a monument to the Molly Maguire executions. Jim Thorpe was apparently a heavy coal-mining town staffed largely by Irish immigrants. These Molly Maguires were something of a union and had some pretty direct methods of making their bosses pay for injustices like making them work in unsafe environments. At some point, one of the big bosses hired the Pinkertons to come in and kill the Molly Maguires.

We continued driving and eventually found a state park that had a nicely groomed trail for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. We loaded the kiddos into the sled and took a nice little hike. Charlie had fun playing in the snow too.

After a few minutes of riding on the sled, Livy decided she wanted to walk "like a big girl."
This was a really cool place where the water running down the rocks had frozen.

Playing in the snow is never complete until you make a snow angel.

So that was our big Sunday drive. It was nice to get out and see some new scenery and have some good old fashioned fun.

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