Earlier last month, I felt the urge for a change of scenery and sought a place to take my family for the weekend. Loving all things related to food, I found a food truck festival that was taking place in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. In fact, it was the inaugural Pocono Food Truck Festival at Shawnee Mountain Resort. The idea of eating a variety of delicacies out in the crisp mountain air turned into a fun-filled weekend of so much more.
The festival offered about 15 different types of food that ranged from tacos to Pad Thai to authentic Belgian waffles (my favorite). As far as festivals go, it was small, but a lot of fun for the afternoon. They also hosted a motor cross show, which was something new to me. With heavy metal music blaring, two young guys on dirt bikes launched themselves into the air from a huge, inflatable ramp, and defied gravity by doing tricks with their bodies, then landing on the other half of the ramp. It was amazing!
Naturally, my boys were in awe…especially when one of the performers announced he was going to do the “stripper pose” while in the air. Imaginations were on fire, I’m sure.
Another activity offered was a monster truck ride along the slope side of the mountain. I embraced my inner redneck as we climbed into the huge beast of a truck. The ride was bumpy and bouncy, and included an insane number of donuts. It was a lot of fun, but I got out of it feeling a little like I had been on one of the time machine rides at a carnival…nauseous and giddy at the same time.
When I had been online to purchase the tickets for this festival, I had also signed myself up for a little 5K that was being held at Shawnee Mountain. Apparently, it’s an annual run that normally takes place in the small town of Barrett, PA, but because Eric Frein (the cop killing survivalist) was still on the loose, the race was moved to Shawnee. I ran that on Sunday morning, hoping to burn off a small portion of the 50,000 calories I had ingested the day before. It was an okay little race, despite the cold morning and double loop course through the parking lot. What can I say, I’m a wimp about the weather and I like good scenery. I did get a nice scarecrow shirt, though, and I do understand the situation was not ideal with a crazy man lurking in the woods nearby.
But, for the piece de resistance, we went to the Pocono TreeVentures ropes course and zip line headquarters. This place was incredible! For a family of six, whose children range in age from 7 to 17, it was the best! There are very few places that can accommodate all of our ages and stages at one time, in one place. This did. We all enjoyed the whole process of harnessing and unharnessing to get ourselves across the canopy layer of trees, which were dressed in all their glorious fall colors.
For the record, I am not a fan of heights and have an unreasonable fear of falling. However, the security of the harnesses really helped to quell my fears and allowed me to enjoy the whole experience. Even when my youngest, dubbed “a feather” by the staff, got stuck in the middle of a very long zip line (because he wasn’t heavy enough to maintain momentum), I was fully confident in his safety.
It was a really fun weekend and made me want to keep climbing trees.