Cars, Caverns and Cruising Lake Raystown

June 20th and the living is easy! Another wonderful day trip sponsored by the Library and enjoyed by a busload of happy travelers.  We began the journey to Huntingdon, PA, approximately 3 hours east of Pittsburgh, by picking up our tour guide at a stop in Bedford. She regaled us all afternoon with fun facts about many of the central PA towns we passed through. Did you know that Raystown Lake is the largest lake in Pennsylvania that is entirely in the state and that it was built by the Army Corp of Engineers mainly to control floods and provide recreational activities?

We boarded the Proud Mary pleasure craft for a relaxing two-hour cruise and a delicious hot lunch buffet.  All of us learned a lot by talking to the Captain and watching people enjoy their various boats and waterskiing floats.

After the great cruise, we headed to the Swigart Auto Museum to marvel at a superb collection of vintage automobiles, including some “stars”, such as Herbie from the movie “The Love Bug” & the DeLorean from “Back to the Future”.  It was an amazing group of cars!

Moving right along, we next traveled to two crystal carverns, the Lincoln and Whisper Rocks – which was quite an adventure.  If you’ve never been inside a cavern, let me tell you, it was quite beautiful, with its glistening features and haunting stalactites.  Another fun fact is the temperature below stays at 50 degrees, year-round.

One last stop on the way back to Pittsburgh for dinner, and all of us were tired, but content. And here’s a shout out to one fantastic motor coach driver – thanks again, Debbie!

Please watch our website for upcoming trips and consider joining us!  It’s always a blast!

Nancy Musser – Adult Services Librarian


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