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2.27.2022

Cogan House/Buckhorn Covered Bridge Lycoming County

Pulling up tot he Cogan House/Buckhorn Covered Bridge was a pretty cool experience. We were on the annual ride between our families on the holidays and we got to the valley in which the covered bridge is located and it had a nice dusting of snow. It just appeared out of nowhere, and the red color of the bridge contrasted so neatly with the fresh white snow and the evergreens of the surrounding woods. You basically need to be seeking out this bridge to find it, for you will not be stumbling upon it on a random ride. It is at the end of a dead end road that led to an old village with 19th century industry. 
Since the woods were clearcut, that industry ended and this covered bridge has not faced regular traffic. It was originally built in 1877 and was fully restored in 1998, though inspectors say that this bridge is in pretty rough shape structurally. It probably has not been acted upon though since it is at the end of a dead end road and basically serves as the entrance of a residential driveway these days. 

This bridge is only 82 feet long and utilizes the Burr Arch Truss method of construction. It crosses James Creek and was the only of the covered bridges on that creek to survive the major floods it occasionally sees. It is one of only three classic covered bridges in Lycoming County. 


While the method of bridge construction is common, there was something about this specific bridge that really popped for me. I think it was in its placement with a beautifully regrown second growth forest. I really enjoyed seeing this covered bridge. 

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41.398358, -77.200410

2.20.2022

8 Years of Interesting Pennsylvania and Beyond: Thanks for your Ongoing Support!

Another year has passed us. We keep on pushing on as we enter our eighth year here. It all started on a whim on a wintry day where we went to see Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie frozen for the winter up in Erie. We wanted an outlet to talk about our travels and adventures across the beautiful Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We have continued to organically grow since then with authentic writing, photography, and more, without the undue influence of self aggrandizement and pushing out "opinions" that have been brought by undue outside influence and motivation "for the clicks." You can always depend upon us to give you our direct thoughts and suggestions on places to visit, without all of the nonsense. We thank you for continuing to support us on this platform and on our social media pages. We look forward to serving you for another 8 years in helping to push for knowledge of all the state has to offer. Our journey has taken us to all 67 counties and every corner in this state. We appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to your continued support for many years to come. 

When we started, we were not aware of any pages that were covering Pennsylvania travel. Because of this, we started off a mission to help highlight the many great things that Pennsylvania has to offer as a place to visit and explore.

From scenic overlooks, to cultural institutions, businesses, eclectic art and sculptures, rugged forests and mountains, and so much more, Pennsylvania has so much to offer. We work to bring awareness to these places so you can make the most of your Pennsylvania adventures. With this process, we have steadily expanded, with tens of thousands of readers coming to our page every month, and more than 60,000 people following us on Facebook. It is wonderful being able to effectively highlight the many affordable and fun things that you can check out across Pennsylvania. 

After writing Great Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Road Trip, a book on Pennsylvania's ten historic and awesome amusement parks, and after a glorious visit to see the ice dunes at Presque Isle State Park on our fifth anniversary as a couple, we knew that we wanted to create Interesting Pennsylvania and Beyond to highlight travel throughout Pennsylvania.

Every place that we highlight on the page has been personally visited by us. This level of authenticity is what we aim for in order to honestly portray the places that we visit, so that you get accurate recommendations on what to expect with places when it comes to launching adventures of your own.

If you like what we do on our page, feel free to help support us an get one of our books on Pennsylvania Amusement Parks and one of our 2022 Pennsylvania Calendars through the dropdown menu at the top of the page. With any book purchase, we will send you a free copy of our 2022 Pennsylvania Wall Calendar. 

2.06.2022

Belmont Plateau Overlook in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park: Philadelphia

Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is an absolute treasure. In the summer, it is buzzing with activity, with people picnicking, playing games, and taking in the scenery. In the winter, sledding is often the course for this nice slope overlooking Center City Philadelphia. This spot gives a breathtaking view of the Center City Philadelphia Skyline. In the winter, the hill is a popular destination for sledding. 

Historically, this place helped transform our nation, with the Belmont Mansion serving as a stop on the Underground Railroad, where formerly enslaved people went to find freedom. It is comforting knowing that the stunning view from this spot is one of the first views that people saw as many experienced freedom for the first time. 

This is a lovely spot and the view is just fantastic. There is something about a city park in the summer and warmer weather months, with lots of people just sitting and relaxing while picnicking, throwing a frisbee, sunbathing and more. This is a special spot that is so awesome. In the winter, with fresh snowfall, the hill becomes a sledding destination. It is places like this where you see what a city is all about, with a community of great people. The view is awesome on its own, but it is even more incredible to think that this is one of the first views that many people saw when they first experienced what freedom is. 


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