Yost Run Falls

A bust. I’m not going to keep you in suspense or beat around the bush, Yost Run Falls was a trickle.

A little background…Yost Run Falls is located in northern Centre County, PA, in Sproul State Forest. I was looking for a pretty waterfall hike that wasn’t 3 hours from home (but I wanted something north for hopefully better leaf color). Yost Run fit the criteria.

I know PA has been suffering from drought conditions (see below), but 2 days prior to my hike, we had some pretty significant rainfall. That gave me hope. Well, that is, until I started to hike.

Make no mistake about it…the leaf color and sunny skies saved the day! The hike down to the falls—Er, trickle—was absolutely gorgeous! I had the trail to myself given that it was a weekday morning.

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Winter Weather Predictor?

Are woolly worms or woolly bear caterpillars accurate predictors of winter weather? Yes, I know, a silly question as they aren’t – nothing too scientific about their coloring, but it’s still fun to guess what the composition of their red and black stripes mean.

I found an article on Organic Gardening that says the key is the length of the reddish- brown stripe in the middle – is it shorter or longer than the black on the ends? If it is shorter, the woolly bear predicts it will be a harsh winter. If it is longer, then a mild winter.

I seem to remember as a kid something to do with the length of the black on either end of the caterpillar. Can someone help me out? I thought the length of the black was correlated to the beginning and end of winter, but I don’t recall the particulars. Continue reading “Winter Weather Predictor?”