Another first on our recent sojourn was a stop in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area. I've crisscrossed the Delaware River many times and seen the signs for the Gap, but never had a chance to stop. Having nothing to rush home for, we took the time and were so pleasantly surprised. We pulled off Route 80 at Kittatinny Point at The Gap end of the park. It was a beautiful warm fall day and the moment we left the highway we were surrounded by all the vibrant colors of fall. Naturally we started taking pictures and then stopped in the visitor center to see what we could see. The park ranger gave us a map. The park runs a 40 mile length of the Delaware River in New Jersey and Pennsylvania - it's huge and it's beautiful.
Recognizing our love of photography, the ranger pointed us in the direction of the Upper Glen and a hike in the forest to a pretty waterfall. It sounded right up our alley, so we picked up the Old Mine Road north. What a serenely beautiful road. It follows the winding path of the river, has a speed limit of 15 miles an hour, is only one lane in places, and has almost no traffic, at least on this fall Monday. The entire park is an incredible treasure - available for camping, swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, and, of course, wildlife and birdwatching, and there are no entrance fees!
I think it was well worth it, wouldn't you agree?
HDR Photos © 2010 Peter Tooker; Slide Show by Claudia Ward
Music: Acoustic Sunrise