Blue Skies, Sunshine But Frigid November Temperatures At The Weissport Canal.
The November freeze that caused temperatures to plummet on Thanksgiving Day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania continued Friday. It was a record breaking 7 degrees here at my house when I woke up. After my morning local walk, and a cup of coffee, I decided to drive to Weissport and hike along the Lehigh River on the old Weissport Canal.
I have hiked here many times and you can read more about some history of the canal by searching my blog archives. Weissport is at a much lower elevation, and about 25 miles south of my home. It was a warmer 17 degrees, but still well below normal. And, much to my delight, there was almost no snow cover. We still had a half of foot of snow in my backyard.
Soon after I began my hike a pileated woodpecker flew overhead and landed on a tree along the trail. I love this beautiful birds. I tried to approach the woodpecker to get a better photograph but it flew away.
I didn’t get much further on the trail when I thought I saw something moving in the water. Upon closer observation I saw something swimming which crawled up under a log. I am not sure from this photograph whether this is a beaver or a muskrat.
It was warming up with a slight southerly breeze, but it was still unseasonably cold for November. However the beauty of the deep blue skies, the sunshine and the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania inspired me and I felt like I could walk until sunset.
I walked on past the Bridge To Nowhere, the Observation Deck and out to the railroad bridge under which the trail passes as it continues on to Jim Thorpe. I was out about three miles so I decided to turn back here.
As the temperatures rose I also saw a steady stream of people taking advantage of the November sunshine, despite the cold temperatures. I enjoyed seeing a few parents walking with their children in the cold. I think the love of nature and the outdoors is one of the greatest gifts one can give a child. I know my dad gave it to me.
I was soon at the parking lot, tired, cold and hungry, but having been blessed with another beautiful adventure in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Lehigh Canal hike November 23 2018.
“Withstanding the cold develops vigor for the relaxing days of spring and summer. Besides, in this matter as in many others, it is evident that nature abhors a quitter.”