Thursday, October 8, 2009

Travel Tip Thursday ... Peaceful times at Peace Valley Park

Peace Valley

I wrote this entry in April 2009.  I love this place!  It's one of my favorite places to visit with John.  I need to get back out there soon with my camera to take what I'm sure are amazing photos of the leaves turning.

So, enjoy Peace Valley Park.  The name alone calms me.


Yesterday (Sunday) was such an absolutely glorious day that John and I took a ride to our favorite park. It's in Bucks County, PA, in the town of Chalfont. It's called Peace Valley Park. The lake in the park is called Lake Galena. I just love it there. Of course, I took my camera from it's hiding place in my car into the house the other night. So I had no camera to take any pictures! I hope I remember it for the next time. I found these pictures via google.

The plan was to go to the park and walk the path around the reservoir. But once we got there, we both felt a little lazy and decided to stake out a picnic table and do some people watching. It was a great plan!

I was amazed how many people were in the water doing various things! Granted, it was about 90 degrees outside but that water had to be COLD! I had my heat on just 3 or 4 days ago!

There is a fairly large lake at the park. No motor craft is allowed on the water but sailboats, kayaks, canoes, row boats are allowed.

There was a fellow on a windsurfer and he was zipping up and down the lake! It was a great breezy day for sailboats and windsurfers. We saw a sunfish sailboat, but we don't think the folks in it were very proficient at sailing. We also saw 14 foot sailboat and that man looked like he was enjoying himself!

I was surprised how many kayakers there were in the water! If you flip a kayak, you're UNDER the boat until you flip it back! I don't think I'm brave enough to paddle a kayak. We also saw a pair of canoers.

There were lots of families at the park, having picnics. Some of the kids were even splashing in the water, along with a few dogs. I don't think you'll see me in the water until July. I hate swimming in cold cold water.

I like this park because you can bring your bike and ride the trails or walk. You can bring you pet and walk him (bring a pooper scooper and bags!)

John and I have decided that we need to start packing a picnic and leaving our chairs, blanket, cooler, etc. in my car so it's always ready for when we want to spend the day at the park.

Two summers ago, John and I rented a sailboat for 1/2 a day. It was a nice warm day in July, with a gentle breeze. We got the sail up, John gave me some quick instruction and off we went! Just as we got to the center of the lake, the wind died! And there we sat, turning this way and that, trying to catch a breeze to get us moving again. I bet we spent the better part of an hour, trying to get moving again. We finally got the sailboat to the beach! Next time, we'll make sure there's a good breeze blowing and I'll make sure I bring a t-shirt or something to cover up, in case we get stranded again! 

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Nina P. said...

What a beautiful Peaceful Place. I love the name. I'll have to look it up. My sister lives in Muncy, PA. I might just have to go down next spring and grab her and take a day or weekend trip. We won't rent a sailboat though (Smiles).. Neither one of us know anything about them... Blessings to you and yours. Love and Light, Nina P

Matty said...

Ah, so this is the place you were telling me about. It looks like a great place to take the kids. Thanks.

Martha in PA said...

Peace Valley is beautiful. We will be making a visit there soon (maybe even this afternoon if school work gets done early today!), maybe we will wait a couple more days until the leaves have changed more! It's less than 1/2 hr from my house.

I took Tara there when she was 4, before we moved to FL, when they were studying the forest in pre-school.... we had fun hiking on the trails in the woods.

Sounds like you two have had wonderful times in the park!

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

oh wow this place does look so peaceful....the pictures are absolutely beautiful!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Your pictures are gorgeous! The fall colors and the geese-- I miss seeing that living on the west coast.
Thanks for sharing.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Your edited version has added some great photos. Love the one with the trees reflecting in the lake.

bernthis said...

This is when I fall in love with mother nature

Captain Dumbass said...

Looks like a really nice place.

otin said...

I love bucks county pa! New Hope is so cool! I lived in Stroudsburg for a couple of years.

Joanie M said...

Otin, my son goes to East Stroudsburg University.

Lucy said...

What a pretty park. Sometimes I miss the lakes of NY and PA now that I reside in San Diego. Commenting from the challenge.