Friday, September 23, 2011
Hiking Sun Fish Pond
Last Saturday we spent the whole day hiking in the Delaware Water Gap with old friends from Tennessee. It was the loveliest fall-feeling day, with bright, cool skies and a constant breeze, and the higher we hiked the cooler it got.
We've known Chase and Shauna for years. Chase and T used to live together in a big, old house with a bunch of other guys. And Chase and I used to work together in a wonderful public library. I can remember when Chase first met Shauna and how in-love he was. The two of us spent many a workday talking about relationships in between patrons at the circulation desk. As luck would have it, we all ended up moving from Tennessee to the same part of the Northeast U.S. around the same time. Chase and Shauna only live about an hour from us in Pennsylvania. And now they too are expecting a baby just a month or so after us! This will be their first babe. We're so excited for them! This will be one lucky baby to have the two of them as parents.
We hiked up to Sun Fish Pond on the Douglas Trail on the Jersey side of the DWG. It was a rigorous few miles up the mountain with lots of rocky trail, but coming down was a piece of cake...such a piece of cake that we got lost in conversation and didn't realize we'd taken a wrong turn somewhere and ended up on a parallel trail that landed us 1.5 miles further down Old Mine Road than we needed to be. Luckily, a couple of good samaritans stoped and picked up the two pregnant ladies and little boy and drove us back to our cars. I think Shauna and I were both a little worn out and couldn't fathom another half-mile of walking.
We saw lots of flora and fauna on this hike, but not much in the way of mammals (though we were stalked constantly by chipmunks)...
T and S spend a lot of time turning over rocks and looking for salamanders.
All total we hiked for about 6 hours that day, and S handled it like a champ, many times leading the way, but most of the time meandering behind everyone and looking at every flower and spiderweb and colorful leaf we passed.
It was so still and quiet once we reached the top of the mountain, and we could see the very beginnings of fall starting with a few treetops already turning over to gold and red. There were acorns everywhere. Mr. S filled his pockets with them and then tossed each one into the lake once we reached the top.
This was one of the best weekends we've had in a long time. Great friends, beautiful weather, lots of wildlife.
And I have to say the Gwyns are really turning into an outdoor family. I think living in the city is what did it for us. We've become real hikers with real hiking shoes.