PA State Parks eggsplain it better to you.
"The loggers clear cut the immense forests but did no replanting. Hickory Run, which frequently flooded because it is so steep, flooded more often because there were less trees to slow the water. In 1849, several dams broke, flooding the towns of Saylorsville and Hickory Run. The devastation was so great that the state legislature passed a bill that allowed those who lost property to sue the builder of the faulty dam, but nothing could be proven and no action was taken. At least seven people died in the flood and many are buried in the small cemetery near the park office. The blacksmith, Jacob West, lost four of his children and his wife in the flood, yet survived by nearly forty years until he was finally buried at their sides."We went looking fur the cemetery at the end of the hike coz it be too cold early in the morning and we needed to start hiking and get the bluds flowing and warmed up. Brrrrrrrr.
It woz so cold there woz steam coming out of the waters from Hickory Run. See on the rite side of the pikshure? I would say it might be a ghost but it woz warmer by the water and it is supposed to get colder when ghosts be around.
OK, so you rememmer how my whole life I would nefur poo anywhere udder than my own back yard? I nefur efur poo'd on hikes until the skeery Howloween hike when I had the poo skeered outta me. Well, I has now decided to take it up as a new hobby. Today be the THURD time I has poo'd on a hike since that Howloween hike.
Sarge's "My Peep is a Flake" Contesty.)
In case you is wonnering why I hasn't been wearing my backpack to carry my own poo, well, you see, my shoulder has been bothering me some. Not while hiking but after we get home and I take a nap, I cannot get out of my bed or walk coz it goes all wonky stiff on me. The next day I be fine. So mom duss not want me wearing anything wot mite bother my shoulder. (Did I time taking up pooing on hikes just rite or wot?) Anyways, tomorrow mom be taking me to a chiropractor and I unnerstand they dussn't swipey bloods or give needles or do alien probes so I think I mite like this. I'll get back to you on it.
So back to the hike. We found this humungoid pine tree. I think the peeples in the olden days wot cut all the trees down missed this one. The trunk woz about 36 gabillion inches in diameter. The only udder tree we seened with a trunk this big woz 500 years old! This tree woz so big we could not fit all of it in the camera.
We climbed up high where it be warmer with sunbeams and we be looking fur a seenik up here.
|Sniffing out some seeniks...|
|Here I is at the seenik. That be the Lehigh River down there and that pillar thingie in the water is where a bridge used to be but it's brokened.|
|ACK! Litter! Mom had to carry that too seeing as I duss not has my backpack on fur litter hauling.|
Here be the tombstone of the childruns from that fambly wot the park peeples woz eggsplaining about: