I see them on my way to and from work and even on my lunch hour, the hottest time of the day -- the runners. They make their way down city streets, along the highway's shoulder and on the rural road that winds its way past my house. I admire and am slightly in awe of them. I suppose they didn't get the "heat wave" memo. But today the weather seemed to change a bit. I didn't feel like I was swimming through air and there was even a bit of a breeze. Of course, that still won't nudge into taking a run but I may go for a hike in the cool woods behind our house. If you don't have a woods behind your house there are several hikes you can join around the county.
Wednesday, July 20
Wolf Creek Falls Hike
Meet at the north end of the Wal-Mart parking lot, Coal Creek Commerce Center at 10:30 a.m. This seven mile hike is rated difficult so bring water and a lunch. You can bring your dog if he's leashed and gets along with other dogs AND people. Robin Tracey from Tuscarora State Park will lead the hike. You must register by calling 570-467-2506.
Saturday, July 23
Swatara State Park
Meet at Sand Siding Road parking lot just off 443 in Suedberg at 10:30 a.m. This 6.5 mile hike is rated moderate and will include bridges and creeks. Bring water and a lunch and if he's leashed and gets along with other dogs AND people you can bring your dog.
If you want something different why not enter the City Cycle 17 (as in 17 miles) in Pottsville on Saturday, July 30. There's an adult race at 10 a.m. with registration from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. There's also a kid's race (just .75 mile) at 9 a.m. -- helmets required. To learn more about the races and get an entry form check out their website here.
If you want to get the kids outdoors but don't think they're up to a hike or a bike race there are two nature programs for kids this weekend. If your kids like creepy crawly things don't miss "Insects and their Cousins" at Locust Lake State Park on Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m. The free presentation is at the amphitheatre, unless it rains -- then head for the shelter next to the campstore. If insects aren't your cup of tea, maybe you'll enjoy the Indian Campfire at Sweet Arrow County Park at 7 p.m. In addition to the campfire, Dave McSurdy will be sharing Indian stories. This free activity is great for all ages, including your children.