A New Year Hike On The Lehigh Canal Trail
It was a clear and frigid start to the New Year here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was one degree below zero when I went out for my morning walk. The clear skies meant there would be sunshine and I decided to check out the ice on the Lehigh River at Weissport.
I began my hike on the old Lehigh Canal trail. I have a number of posts about the history of the canal in the archives of my blog. The canal was frozen solid and the local residents shoveled off the snow for ice skating the previous night. . I imagined the scene of folks skating on the canal for the almost 175 years of it’s existence..
I proceeded north, into a steady wind, on the snow covered trail. The skies were deep blue and the sun reflected off the powdery snow making the landscape look like a scene from Dr. Zhivago
There were only a few fellow adventurers out on this cold morning including one gentleman on his bicycle. But there were also , surprisingly, a number of water fowl near the canals and on the river. The first I saw was this male mallard duck that flew overhead.
I think he was part of this group of what I think were female mallard ducks swimming in the cold currents of the Lehigh River. However, my bird identification skills are not the best and they may be black ducks.
This rest area, provided by a local church, is a nice stop to reflect on life, even more so on New Year’s Day and after the recent tragic loss of my sister and her husband. Despite the cold, I sat and did some thinking about the contradiction between the beauty and cruelty of life.
and woodpeckers in the trees along the trail. Here is a link to some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. Lehigh Canal birds January 1 2018.
I was very cold by the time I had returned to the parking lot but I was glad I ventured out on this frigid morning. Despite the frigid weather spending a few hours outside was a good start to the New Year. I hope I can continue my adventures ans sharing them here on my blog for another year. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Lehigh Canal January 1 2018.
“There is always an adventure waiting in the woods.”
― Katelyn S. Bolds