Statue of Liberty…hey wait a minute!

On my way to see a Penn State game when I look out of the car window and what do I see?  The Statue of Liberty!  Am I lost?  Did I take a wrong turn?  No.  And I am not seeing things either.

Pennsylvania

Someone erected a replica of the Statue of Liberty in the lake along the highway going towards State College, Pennsylvania.  Surprised I should say, but also kinda funny and pretty cool.  Sorry the shots aren’t great.  There was no place to pull over to get a better view.

Penn State

Here are some other photos from my trip including Mount Nittany.

Nittany

Mountains

Mountains

Sunset

Sunset

Poison Ivy Vine

poison ivy tree

Hiking along, minding my own business.  I came across a monster poison ivy vine going up a tree.  This reminds me of the Tom Cruise version of the War of the Worlds.  The “vines” in the movie were really carrying blood for the aliens…but anyway.  Remember, this is not Grand Theft Auto.  It’s for real!

Here is a poison ivy vine with leaves at the base.  Notice the three leaf pattern to watch out for when in the woods.  And of course, look for the weird vines in the trees!

poison ivy leaf

Mullica River Trail Hike

Enjoyed a 12 mile overnight hike last weekend along the Mullica River Trail. The trail runs through the South Jersey pines, following the Mullica River.  Temperature was perfect at about 68 degrees F during the day and in the 50′s at night.  Good sleeping weather.

campsite

The trail is smooth and easy but very sandy in spots.  The yellow trail travels east towards Batsto from the Atsion ranger station.

hiking yellow trail

The area is near to the Batona Trail so the sights are very similar.  The Lower Forge Camp is a few miles away, but that camp has no water.  Mullica River Camp has one pump and two pit privies.

Mullica River

Wilderness Camps

The woods are dense and filled with pitch pines, common to the area, and there is wildlife but they are well hidden during the day.  I did hear an owl who woke me up in the middle of the night.  I was sure he was just outside the tent!

Pitch Pines

And some water…

Batona

This is Your Life!

I think this is terrific!  In fact, I have a printed copy on my wall.  It’s from a company called Holstee.  We should all try to practice this more.  This is not Grand Theft Auto.  It’s your life!

From the website:

“Originally written as a reminder of the aspects of life they truly valued, Holstee’s founders, Dave, Mike and Fabian, never imagined that their personal goals could reach and resonate with so many others. As people around the globe shared the Manifesto, they were thrilled and humbled to find a community of those who aspired to the same hopes of finding true passion and living life to the fullest.”

So, take a read, watch the video, and if inspired to do so click the link to buy a print.  I just copied the link and am in no way compensated but wanted to share…

“This is your life. Do what you want and do it often. 
If you don’t like something, change it. 
If you don’t like your job, quit.
If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over-analysing, life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.
Life is simple.
Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them.
Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.
Life is short, live your dream and wear your passion.”

― Holstee Manifesto

http://shop.holstee.com/products/holstee-manifesto-poster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDmt_t6umoY