This past week the Manor of Hope guys took advantage of a perfect fall day, and headed out to Hawk Mountain, near Port Clinton, PA.

The mountain is a bird sanctuary and home to many birds species including owls, hawks and the beautiful bald eagle.  The mountain also has a series of challenging trails, including sections of the Appalachian trail.

After looking at the map, the Manor of Hope team decided to do the “River of Rocks” trail.  The trail started with an easy climb, which gave way to an amazing “lookout” that had breathtaking views of the mountains in the area.  The guys paused if a few minutes to admire the beautiful scenery and landscape.  Along the trail, there were a few more of these beautiful natural balconies that provided with great views of the Appalachian mountains in the area.

Our hike lead us to a narrow descending path that lead to the river of rocks.  The river of rocks is a large field of boulders of different seizes that were left there as a result of glacier erosion.  It was such an impressive sight.

The last section of the trail was the most challenging one with a very steep climb for the last mile or so.  After what seemed to be an eternity, the gang made it to the top of the mountain and the end of the hike.  Everyone was tired, but happy about the hike.

There is nothing like the feeling of conquering a challenge.

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