Allegheny National Forest

My friend and I took a trip up to the Allegheny National Forest to capture the essence of winter and the nature surrounding. The Allegheny National Forest is about a 2 hour drive, which once you get to your destination there is a lot of hiking. We spent the day in the forest then headed home right before sunset. The cloud cover had become too great for the sun to show through for a nice sunset. Here are some images I took from this day!

A scruffy bull staring at us while we capture images. 

Water drifting down past the snowy banks and moss. 

Ice pieces lay spread out across a wet grassland.

Ice crystals formed a thin layer above the thicker ice. 

A beautiful stream we found when navigating through the ice road.

Ice we combatted to find some different spots to photograph. 

A fern peeking at the stream behind the tree.

Nick Koehler Photography

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The Trip

"The Trip" happened in late June early July of this past summer (2016). This trip was a trip around the state parks of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. My friends, Jared, Luke, and JC embarked on this trip late June early July. 

Day 1

"The Trip" started in Pittsburgh and our first stop was the Allegheny National Forest.         76.6mi - 1hr 50min

The next stop was Elk State Forest, which we saw a few Elk.. Of course!                                          45.5mi - 1hr 12min 

After Elk State Forest, we moved on Sproul State Forest.                                                        32.1mi - 57min

First time experimenting with Steel Wool. 

Day 2

After waking up in Sproul State Forest; we moved onto Tioga State Forest.                           9.6mi - 18min

Ansonio Park was our next stop. Which we didn't find much so then we moved onto Worlds End State Park. Which led us to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.                                            61.3 mi - 1hr 39min / 91.5mi - 2hr

Played with Steel Wool again. Got chased out of the woods by Coyotes. 

Also able to see the Milky Way for the first time around 1am. 

Day 3

We then we traveled onto Hickory Run State Park. Which turned into us going a little further and traveling to Ricketts Glen State Park.                                                                                101.4mi - 1hr 55min

Day 4

We then visited a Wolf Sanctuary. 2.1mi - 4min. Then Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. 100.8mi - 1hr 53min

After the Wildlife Management Area. We then traveled to Patapsco Valley State Park.         175mi - 2hr 52min 

Then we traveled to the Humpback Rocks outside of Shenandoah National Park. Which gave us a great view, and a up close with Turkey Vultures.                                                                162mi - 3hr 7min

Day 5/6

New River Gorge is there our next stop which we arrived at sunset which seemed to help us out! We were there for 2 days.                                                                                                                                            91.8mi - 1hr 28min

Day 7

After getting to see almost every square inch of New River Gorge we made way to Cucumber Falls.                                                                                                                                            95.6mi - 1hr 33min 

We traveled to Quemahoning Reservoir and then back up to Pittsburgh.                             47.3mi - 58min / 68.3mi - 1hr 30min. 

Total travel: 1422 Miles / Total Time: 7 Days (30 Hours Driving)

"Travel - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." - Ibn Battuta

Thanks to Jared, Luke, and JC for the awesome memories and stories. 


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