It’s not often that Lancaster countians are offered the opportunity to drive through a wilderness area surrounded by wildlife, steep mountains and autumn colors only an hour away.
And for two of the last three years bad weather has washed out the popular one-day-a-year, self-guided driving tour on an old railroad bed through the haunting and beautiful Stony Creek Valley, a mere 16 miles north of Harrisburg.
But repairs have been made and unless another freakish storm blows through, the best Sunday drive around will take place on State Game Lands 211 in Dauphin and Lebanon counties on Sunday.
For one day only, the Pennsylvania Game Commission opens its gates to public vehicles, allowing the public a one-way leisurely drive for 17 miles through the heart of this heavily wooded narrow valley that traces lovely Stony Creek.
Vermont’s Governor says the state is open for business and large parts of Vermont were unaffected by Irene. Cancellations are coming in from tourists concerned about damage from the storm. A few September festivals were cancelled and a few inns closed due to storm damage. Otherwise, Vermont is ready for tourists. The fall leaf season brings in $300 million in business each year. Next door neighbor New Hampshire brings in $1 billion from fall tourism.
Vermont resorts are hoping their ski season is unaffected. That will depend on how fast some roads are repaired.
Best bet is to research the situation before cancelling your plans. You can check out this website for a starting place if you have plans to travel to Vermont this fall, http://travel-vermont.com/