Ode to PA
The AT runs right through PA,
All hikers would cry “Happy Day,
They have farms, forests and rivers,
It’s a state that delivers!”
If they could just take the damn rocks away.
… thank you, thank you very much.
The Challenge and Adventure
These are what I wanted when I signed up to hike the Appalachian Trail – challenge and adventure. A rather precipitous climb out of the Lehigh Valley gave me more than I bargained for. Much of the terrain was challenging, but it was the scramble across a naked rockface that provided more risk than I wanted any part of. Fortunately, I’m still here to write about it.
Day 29 – Stealth site to Stealth site (16 miles)
Day 30 – Stealth site to Countryside Hostel (14 miles)
Day 31 – Countryside Hostel to Wind Gap (15 miles)
Day 32 – Wind Gap to Delaware Water Gap (16 miles)
The Trail Up
The Appalachian Trail obviously runs along the Appalachian Mountains. Anytime you come to a river or a nearby town, the trail has a long descent down followed by along ascent up. The trail up from the Lehigh River was especially long and rocky.
I wish I had a picture of the rockface that scared the crap out of me, but my hands were busy hanging on.
To the Delaware River
The final leg out of Pennsylvania involves a hike down to the Delaware river. It’s a beautiful piece of forest which includes a hike through a rhododendron jungle.
…ladyslipper orchids, bleeding hearts and… a vulture.
Still no bears, but I saw the backside of a small copperhead as it crawled under a rock. Also, one porcupine sighting.
Thanks for listening.
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