Monday, July 27, 2009

Discovering Pymatuning

We really needed a family day so we went to church on Saturday night and headed north to Pymatuning State Park on Sunday. We packed lunch and a dinner BBQ and went to discover a new area. We were not's the description from the website:

"Almost everything about Pymatuning State Park is huge. At 21,122 acres, it is the largest state park in the Commonwealth. The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir is the largest lake in the Commonwealth. In its three campgrounds, Pymatuning has the most campsites in the Pa. state park system. More people visit Pymatuning than almost any other Pa. state park. But the biggest thing about Pymatuning is the fun you can have boating, fishing, swimming, camping and enjoying other recreational opportunities. In addition to the state park facilities, the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission operates a fish hatchery and visitor center, and the Pa. Game Commission has wildlife viewing areas, and learning center."

We loved the nature center....above, Ann-Marie matches animals to their tracks and Evan matches animals to their scat (that's poop, folks!) and below, Alec holds an animal pellet.
We had a man teach us about purple martins and we were able to watch him check the nests and see the baby chicks.
At the Linesville Spillway, we got to see fish so plentiful that the ducks look like they are walking on their backs fighting for food.

Lastly, we headed to one of the three beaches to swim and play frisbee. We found many freshwater jellyfish that had been swept to shore by a storm.

What a great day! We will go back to discover more another day!


ANITA said...

I love this place! Friends of ours have a camp up there that we visit often. No trip is complete without stopping to feed those fish before we leave :)

Stephanie said...

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