Part of the beauty is the simplicity and rugged sturdiness that insures a permanence expected to span many generations. Some of these brick and stone homes and farms predate the Civil War, with some reaching back to the Revolution.
Again, every effort is made to insure good ventilation through the barn, from fancy brickwork venting designs in the ends, to louvered vents in wood planked sections, to vented cupolas on the roof. The dark circle on the side of the barn is a hex sign. Many of those following William Penn to this area for religious freedom came from Swiss and German areas, and brought the hex sign with them. Most think of them just as a beautiful art form, but they are also supposed to bring good luck by warding off evil spirits, lightning, and other mishaps.
Okay, on to Memorial Lake. Memorial Lake, DeLorme P.69, D-5, is an 85-acre lake at the base of Blue Mountain. It is located in the Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation. The lake and park were created in 1945 as a memorial to Pennsylvania National Guardsmen killed in World Wars I & II.
Being overcast and dark, these mallards testify to it being a good day for a snooze.
Memorial is a small lake, but since powerboats are banned, it’s quiet. While the problem at Conewago was boulders, here it’s trees and stumps that have undoubtedly covered the lake bottom since its was dammed. The water had about a 2-foot visibility, however, so they were always avoidable. Memorial made for a relaxing paddle of somewhat over an hour and a bit over two miles. It is a warm water fishery, and contains popular game fish such as largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, yellow perch, white crappie, black crappie, bullhead, channel cat, carp, sucker, trout, and various species of panfish.
An arched wood bridge on a jogging trail, spanning a feeder stream,
through a bumper crop of skunk cabbage.
We wanted to visit the national cemetery while there, but a military funeral was going on just inside the gates, so we looped around and left rather than risk disturbing the ceremony. It shortly began to rain, and showers continued through the evening and night. Memorial was a small lake, but a nice visit.
My favorite at Memorial Lake was this green-backed heron. It moved not
a muscle, assured it was invisible perched in the brush.
Gateway back to the lake from the feeder stream
where I found the heron.