Friday September 2, 2016
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If you read a previous post on Traveling South Through the Delaware Water Gap (link here) then you remember the Pocono Environmental Center with its giant snowball. We stopped by a few days ago on our scouting trip and took a look at their trail map to find that we could put together a nice hike to yet more waterfalls.
I had no idea when I planned to visit the Delaware Water Gap that there were SO many waterfalls here. They are lovely despite the very low water conditions. I can only imagine how awesome they are during normal times. David decided to stay back at the rig to take care of some medical and other business. It’s such a beautiful day, I really have to get out and hike.
The first part of the Tumbling Waters Trail and the Nature Trail are the same. Both begin and end at the Center. I’m hiking from #1 on the map south to the waterfall then up to the lake and back.
Istart out on the center’s Nature Trail called the Fossil Trail and find big trees to hug and they are labeled.
In this section of the trail I can see bedrock which is a continuous mass of solid rock that is usually covered by topsoil. My Nature Trail guide tells me these parallel scratch marks are called glacial striations. Rocks carried in by glaciers apparently made these marks as they scraped across the top of the bedrock. They say you can measure the orientation of these glacial striations with a compass to determine the direction of the movement of the ice through the area. The Wisconsin Glacier, the fourth and final glacier, retreated here about 11,000 years ago.
The other wonderful thing here are the fossils.
It is so exciting to see these ancient reminders of our ocean origins.
This stone fireplace is all that’s left of a small cabin that once stood here., There’s no information about what it was or whose it was but it has a great view of the Delaware River Valley.
All of this land is part of the 80,000 acre Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area. It was acquired by the federal government in the 1960’s with plans of building a dam on the river. The entire valley below was almost a giant reservoir until plans for the dam were dropped and the government gave the land to the National Park Service. We must all be very glad those plans were dropped. But I wonder why.
The ridge across on the other side of the gap is the Kittatinny Ridge in New Jersey where we were at the end of our scouting trip south when we stopped at the Kittatinny Visitor Center. This 400 mile long ridge is part of the Appalachian Mountains. The AT runs along the ridge. I hope to hike a part of it while we are here.
A railing appears as the trail heads down to the falls.
The fuller falls appears to be the one at the top so I walk around to see if I can get up there for a closer look.
Looking down from above I can see the bottom pool.
This green frog’s ears are as big as his eyes. They look like a large set of speakers. There are days when I could sure use these.
As I move beyond the falls the trail becomes very rooty.
Love these amazing mushrooms. He looks like he’s got a lot to say doesn’t he?
There are some obstacles but they aren’t great.
In fact, in going under, I get a close up view of the art work of insects.
When I see Pickerell Pond I know I’m most of the way around the circular trail.
Beautiful Pickerell Pond was built by the Pharo family by damming a small stream. It sure turned into a beautiful lake.
Taking the trail around the pond I find some really beautiful mushrooms. Some right in the trail. Boy they sure look like they’d like to be on my dinner plate.
Sure looks like some rough sitting spots.
Rocky rooty path from here.
I can see that this bridge I am about to cross has been someone’s breakfast table.
Pretty sure this walnut is what was for breakfast at the bridge.
I reach the what is known as the front pond. I’m not sure if this is a natural or man made pond. It is only a short distance from here to the Center.
Along the last narrow stretch of the trail I come upon a great graveyard.
The Trash Graveyard tombstone says “This trash was laid to rest in June of 2016. This graveyard demonstrates how slowly trash decomposes when exposed to the elements.”
Here are all the things that were “buried” beneath their tombstones.
Last night we were visited by an audacious mouse who walked right out into the kitchen and stood up on his feet. David put a trap under the kitchen drawer in front of which the mouse stood up. Over the night, 4 mice were drawn to the peanut butter one right after the other.
Although we cleared out everything in the kitchen, we saw only some calling cards of mice. It wasn’t until I opened the cupboard beneath the bathroom sink and found that they had shredded several rolls of toilet paper and made a real mess.
David took the shelves and floor out looking for their nest but didn’t find it. We’ve looked through all the bins as well. Over the next few days, we neither see nor hear any more mice, they don’t set off the trap and we never find whatever nest they were making.