Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Something I've Wanted to Do is Now A Goal Accomplished!

Ken was up by 5:15 to do some reading and woke me at 6:30 so we could get ready and be on our way to Jim Thorpe by 8:15.  I even had time to finish one of my sea glass pictures before we left.

We were out the door by 8:15 and it was fairly chilly - in the upper 40's, but we were dressed for it.  We stopped at Perkins for their Tremendous 12 breakfast which we always share.  I can't imagine one person eating all that food.  It was delicious like it always is!!!

By 10:15 we were parking the car in downtown Jim Thorpe and then rode our bikes across the street to the bike shop that provides shuttle service to different locations on the Lehigh Valley Gorge Trail.  I had told Ken when we left home that I would like to take the shuttle to White Haven, which is the last access point on the trail - 25 miles from downtown Jim Thorpe.  We have ridden out about 9 miles and then returned to town, but have never been on the upper portion of the trail.  Ken was surprised that I would want to bike that far, but being the good sport he is he was more than happy to see my wish come true!  We left the area at 11 and made a stop at Rockport, 15 miles up the trail, to drop off some of the bikers, and by 12 we were in White Haven.  Both of us thought it would be relatively warm for our ride back to town (supposed to get in the 70's), but we were in the shade most of the time and it was cool.  I was thankful for long sleeves, a sweatshirt, and a lightweight vest.

The bus that took us to White Haven!

Ken and I had never ridden the 1st 12 or so miles of this trail that
we rode today!

It was a beautiful ride on an exceptional, well-maintained trail.  We stopped numerous times for Ken to take pictures and also enjoyed our packed lunch at a picnic table along the ride.  Still the leaf change is not extremely dramatic, but I believe that will be the trend this year.  A lot of the leaves have already fallen and the ones that are still on the trees do not have a lot of color.  Maybe a week or 2 will make a difference, but I still think it will be an off year for beautiful fall foliage!  Just enjoy the photos - not much I can say except it was lovely!

I should mention that I was surprised by all the huge
rhododendron that were along the path.  I need to see
them in bloom!

We enjoyed taking a break to check-out Buttermilk Falls -

and then we did stop at the place where Ken had put 3 coins on the railroad track on Sunday but a train had never passed that day to "flatten" them.  We were able to find 2 of them which was rather amazing.  The other one is there for someone else to claim!  

Here comes the train!

Here are a few additional photos Ken took while we were riding the trail.  We love seeing reflections in the water from the trees and bushes on the edge of the water - 

We returned to the parking lot in Jim Thorpe around 4:15 after riding 25 miles - quite a ride for these older folks and our derrieres, but what a sense of accomplishment!

We made it and arrived at the parking lot in Jim Thorpe!

For some reason the drive to Jim Thorpe has gone so smoothly both times we went there on this trip, but coming back to the CG has been "painful".  Both times there was an accident on Interstate 80 and Goggle tried to take us on some crazy detour that made no sense.  We had to use our own judgment on the return trips or we would still be driving - Really!!!!!!

We stopped at Subway on the way home, for we felt too tired to have to make dinner.  We arrived at the CG just in time for the World News.  After showers, we played two rounds of Hand and Foot - Ken won the game we finished and is leading in the next game - I just can't seem to beat him at this game!  

I downloaded photos and worked on this blog while Ken did more reading.

It has been a wonderful day and it was a great weather day for riding on the trail!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Finally a Full Sun Day!

We watched the 7:00 news and enjoyed an omelette breakfast with delicious fresh fruit - the pears are so tasty!  We cleaned up and packed our lunches and snacks for today's adventure!

It was 32 degrees this morning but we saw this strange circle in the sky - the sun! Hadn't seen that for almost a week!  We were excited to drive about an hour to Promised Land State Park, but we decided to wait until about 10:30 to leave so it could warm up a bit!  Ken did some reading and I made a few more sea glass pictures.  

We really love our campsite!

We were on our way NW by 10:30 and really enjoyed the drive on a winding road through a lot of the Delaware State Park.  When we arrived at Promised Land SP our 1st stop was the Visitor Center.  We got a great map of the area and a list of the hiking trails and there were many!  The lady at the center told us some of the most scenic trails and off we went.  We drove to the Conservation Island Trail and what a gorgeous one it was.  The trail was very rocky and had lots of roots along the way, but it followed along the Promised Land Lake and the reflection of the trees in the water was breathtaking.  It was a little over a mile and we made many stops along the way to get pictures and just enjoy the views!

Hope you enjoy these photos of the foliage along
Promised Land Lake!  It was beautiful!

The beginning of a baby hemlock or could it be a pine????

This was along a wider section of the trail.  Most of it was
very narrow!

The reflections in the water were amazing!

I want to come back in the spring when the rhodadendram
and mountain laurel are blooming.  I think it would
be gorgeous!  

You had to go over this stone bridge to get on the trail!

From there we drove to Pickernel Point, stopping along the road so Ken could take some additional photos of the foliage along the lake!  We drove through  the camping area and ate our lunch on one of the picnic tables overlooking the lake.  It was still a bit chilly, but the sun felt wonderful!

Definitely looks like a mirror image!

That is the bridge that we went over to get on the trail!

What a great view for eating our lunch!

After looking at the map and trails, we decided to drive to the Little Falls Trail which was listed as another scenic one.  Again, it was only about a mile loop trail, but it was beautiful.  No big waterfalls, but plenty of Little ones, hence the name.  We were the only people on the trail and it was so peaceful, relaxing, and quiet!

I am walking towards the light!

The hillside was covered with beautiful ferns!

A babbling stream!

This waterfall area was so peaceful and serene!

This was the 1/2 way point of the trail - a bridge, waterfall,
and a bench to rest!

It was 3:15 when we returned to the car, so we chose to drive around the park via the loop around the lake and again, it was a beautiful drive.

Ken had to stop and take just a few more pictures on our
drive around the lake!

Again, the reflections are breathtaking!

We stopped to drive down a narrow dirt type trail to the rustic Whitaker cabin, which you can rent.  Wow, it was rustic but so well maintained and the setting was incredible.  It certainly would be a quiet and deserted area to stay!

So great to see a building so well maintained in a State Park!

We got back to the CG about 5 and by 6:30 we were eating grilled salmon and steak and of course, a salad!  Ken had a nice long chat with Ernie and I talked to my mother.  I also left a message for Jamie! 

Ken and I played 3 rounds of Hand and Foot - he won the game we finished and with 2 rounds to go we are within 300 points of each other!  We went through the photos Ken had taken today while watching The Voice!  I worked on the blog and Ken did a post on Facebook and a few e-mails.

This was a Celebrate Life Day!  Tomorrow we are leaving a little before 8 AM to drive to Jim Thorpe and take the shuttle with our bikes to White Haven, near the top of the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail and ride the 25 miles back to town.  It should be a beautiful ride along the Lehigh River.