A trip last week to Benezette in Elk County included some elk sightings and beautiful scenic views. While waiting for the elk to make an appearance, a stop at Woodring Farm provided a fall backdrop and good butterfly viewing. The farm was purchased by the Pennsylvania Game Commission with the some financial assistance from The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. It features a walking trail and scenic overlook. Its fields have been planted with flowers and plants that attract butterflies and elk. This apparently is a success as the afternoon brought at least half a dozen monarchs and the evening saw that many or more elk. A few elk were spotted at the Elk County Visitor Center which offers horse-drawn wagon rides into the viewing area. Elk also appear on and alongside the road which can create a bit of a traffic delay.
(Anna Applegate is a newsroom staffer at The Derrick and The News-Herald. She manages the Good Times and can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org)