Family Journal: July 17, 2021

Nadia, Ocean, Oliver, Mila, Owen, Kim and Mark (Hickory Run State Park)

Our good friends, Kim, Mark and Mila came up to Pennsylvania from their home in Virginia to visit us. We have known Kim for many years from her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. She works at the US Forest Service in Washington DC and we always try to connect with her while we are in Freeland. It was a short visit and despite the rainy weather, we enjoyed each other’s company and had a good time.

Conyngham Brewing Company

On Friday evening we stopped at the Conyngham Brewery to sample their craft beers before a Mexican dinner at the Brass Knuckle. Conyngham is a small town down in the valley close to Freeland. Being from Michigan, European settlement happened many years after the east coast was settled. Conyngham was founded George Drum who served in the Revolutionary War. The town today is a bit sleepy but they have done a good job at restoring some their historic buildings. My favorite beers were the Grodziskie (ancient Polish recipe) and the Better Together Sour Ale.

The next day we hiked through the Hickory Run State Park and did the “Shades of Death” trail. It is my favorite state park because of the variety of terrain, disc golf course, lakes and the proximity to Freeland. We had a nice morning walk before they packed up and headed back south to DC. We always have lots to talk about and it was good to reconnect with them.

Oliver Climbs the dam

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