Our planned winter weekend retreat at Wapiti Woods became an adventure my husband and I won’t soon forget.
Coleen and Steve’s cabins are just the right combination of rustic and homey. The view along the Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek, near the heart of Elk County’s scenic highway, can not be surpassed.
Chuck and I enjoyed a crackling fire each evening and made use of the communal Shanty’s array of old-fashioned family fun including board games. (I won at Scrabble… FYI, roque IS a word!)
In the surrounding area, not far from Wapiti Woods, are many scenic views, forests and hiking trails. We had a scary mishap making our way to the Quehanna Trail when our SUV slipped on ice careening over a mountainous hillside! Our potential free fall was broken, naturally, by one of the many birch trees that Moshannon State Forest boasts.
What could have spelled total disaster ended up being a mere six hour inconvenience. A newlywed couple that we found walking upon the lonely, aptly name “Lost Run Rd” switchback adopted us for the entire duration of our ordeal. Lisa and Will did not leave our sides until we were safely deposited back (yes! Back!) into our Ford Explorer headed to our cabin home.
A tow truck operator with just enough machismo and moxi planted his truck flush against the embankment on a sheet of solid ice to winch our wreck up and over in a half hour’s time at most! (I highly recommend Dana Prechtl Auto in St. Marys for all your towing needs!)
A thank you is in order, at this point in the tale, to Trooper Southern out of Clearfield County; he called the tow truck and surveyed the scene.
Back at Wapiti Woods, Coleen and Steve could not have been more gracious in their concern shown through the many phone calls made to the right authorities and personal voicemails to our service-less by location cell phones. Their relief, surprise and happiness at our arrival back to WW was the warm welcome back we needed!
In conclusion, wild adventure, cozy cabins, helpful townsfolk, caring proprietors and plain old good fortune await anyone willing to visit God’s country in Weedville, Elk County. A vast, scenic part of Pennsylvania which I fondly call “the most beautiful state in the Union!”
PS: We’ve already booked our cabin for early September seeing as we never did manage a proper hike
PPS: There was an otter by the creek bank. We spotted him on our last morning!
Jenny and Chuck Lynch