For our seventh wedding anniversary T and I decided to take the family hiking. Of course, we'll use any excuse we can find to go hike around the woods and play in creeks. This time we drove out to the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River Water Gap. But not before getting thoroughly lost in New Jersey. Let's just say that when it comes to country roads Googlemaps sucks. Every time we get lost in New Jersey I lament the fact that we don't have a GPS, and every time T reminds me that we do have a good map of the entire state. Consequently we've found some very interesting routes and my map reading skills have vastly improved.
This trip we got turned around on Route 521 South, but it was such a beautiful road we didn't mind being lost. We took in all the old farm houses, found all sorts of little fruit stands and saw someone selling raw honey in their front yard. At one point, we drove past a beautiful little house with white hydrangeas so bountiful they were spilling into the road. T slowed the car down and told me he'd always wanted a house with flowers like those. I have too, and I had no idea he did as well. Also on this road, we came upon this little lady, who practically posed for my photo:
We finally made it to Dingmann's Falls, ate a quick picnic lunch and hit the trail.
Right away we knew this was the trail for us. It wasn't nearly as touristy as Bushkill Falls, had a good mix of boardwalk trail, Applachian Trail and uphill climb. Plus there were Rhododendron everywhere, two magnificent waterfalls to see along the way and a good portion of the trail that followed a creek.
Silverthread Falls was the first fall we came to.
Then we hiked around the base of Dingmann's Falls...
...and up to the top of the falls.
Afterwards, we took the trail along Dingmann's Creek and stopped for a good couple of hours to play in the water.
Mr. S loved looking under rocks and throwing rocks into the creek. He kept hoping to find his own salamander but never did.
When he found this old piece of creek glass, he thought he'd struck gold.
T and I enjoyed looking under rocks too.
We found all sorts of salamanders, including a Red-Back in its lead phase and this juvenile Dusky:
We also found a few crawdads:
It was a beautiful hike and just what we needed after a long week of urban living. And we daydreamed, just as we always do, about moving out to the country and having a little house close to a creek and lots of trees to get lost in, but this time our yard full of hydrangeas.