Today I climbed the Pennsylvania Matterhorn on the Mid State Trail with some friends. It was a beautiful day for a hike.
I saw some great plants, including American cancer root (Conophilis americana). I couldn’t identify it on site, I had to return home and look it up. It’s a strange parasitic plant that does not photosynthesize.
We walked out an access road after traversing the trail. Where the access road met the regular road there was a stop sign. A very cool stop sign.
After the hike we stopped by a swimming hole at Rattlesnake Rock. We did not see any rattlesnakes. According to a sign by the parking lot they were very common at one time, but now are less so. The sign warned visitors not to harm the snakes, saying: “Using common sense and tolerance will result in a better experience for both you and the snake.”
It was a good Saturday.